Throne of Blood
+ intro by Dr Alastair Phillips, University of Warwick
Kurosawa’s version of Macbeth has superb sets, costumes, cinematography and performances; do yourself a favour and see it.
Dir Akira Kurosawa
With Toshirô Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Minoru Chiaki
Kurosawa’s transposition of Macbeth to feudal Japan is one of the most richly imaginative – and finest – Shakespeare adaptations on film. Mifune is extraordinary as the samurai Washizu, urged by his wife (Yamada) to kill the local lord, a development that could only end badly. The combination of elements from Noh theatre with superb sets, costumes and cinematography makes for an authentically tragic atmosphere.
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