Japan 2021

Throne of Blood

+ Inside Cinema: Akira Kurosawa

Kumonosu-jô

The masterly Kurosawa transposes Macbeth to Japan in its medieval period of civil war.

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© 1954 Toho Co Ltd. All rights reserved

Japan 1957
Dir Akira Kurosawa
With Toshirô Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki
110min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate 12A

A devotee of Western culture, Kurosawa here transposes Macbeth to Japan in its medieval period of civil war, to brilliant effect. Filming in part on the slopes of Mount Fuji and cleverly fusing Shakespeare’s narrative with influences from Noh theatre and sumi-e ink painting, Kurosawa creates a dazzling cross-cultural artefact, centred around indelible performances from a dynamic Toshirô Mifune and a chilling Isuzu Yamada.

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+ Inside Cinema: Akira Kurosawa
Little Dot Studios-BBC 2021. 6min
A short video essay exploring Akira Kurosawa’s influential samurai films.

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