Throne of Blood

Throne of Blood

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

Friday, August 26 - Sunday, August 28, 2011

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One of the most celebrated screen adaptations of Shakespeare into film, Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood reimagines Macbeth in feudal Japan. Starring Kurosawa’s longtime collaborator Toshiro Mifune and the legendary Isuzu Yamada as his ruthless wife, the film tells of a valiant warrior’s savage rise to power and his ignominious fall. With Throne of Blood, Kurosawa fuses one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies with the formal elements of Japanese Noh theater to make a Macbeth that is all his own—a classic tale of ambition and duplicity set against a ghostly landscape of fog and inescapable doom. – Janus Films

NR, 109 Minutes, Japanese
Janus, Japan, 1957


"Akira Kurosawa's remarkable 1957 restaging of Macbeth in samurai and expressionist terms is unquestionably one of his finest works--charged with energy, imagination, and, in keeping with the subject, sheer horror."
- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader


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