Throne of blood

Throne of blood

DVD - 2009 | Japanese
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Presents an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in feudal Japan. A Samurai lord kills his master and usurps his power in fulfillment of a witch's prophecy.
Publisher: [United States?] : Criterion Collection, c2009
ISBN: 9781604652123
1604652128
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE FOREIGN JAPANESE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Kumonosuj┼Ź

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Play: Macbeth ;
Setting: Feudal Japan
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Toshiro Mifune plays the samurai commander Washizu, who dooms himself through a murderous plot to seize power.


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LKBC_EPL
Oct 26, 2015

Absolute perfection.

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Libraryman1_0
Jun 16, 2014

An excellent true to the story Japanese film version of Shakespeare's Macbeth set in Feudal Japan involving Samurais. As I would usually say, this is an atmospheric and hauntingly depressive tale and no, like the story it's based upon, this does not end happily. Methinks this is why it's known as tragedian.

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Marcell_Murray
Jan 07, 2013

5/5 stars Obviously! ;) Mifune was incredible!!!!

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akirakato
Aug 20, 2012

I enjoyed this movie to the hilt and believe that this film is the most successful film version of Shakespeare's play "Macbeth" despite the many liberties it takes with the original play.
Especially, the forest-miving scene is fascinating.
Distraught upon hearing of his wife's miscarriage and in dire need of help with the impending battle with his foes, Washizu (the protagonist) returns to the forest to summon the spirit, who tells him that he will not be defeated unless the trees of Spider's Web forest rise against the castle.
Washizu believes this is impossible and is confident of his victory.
To his surprise, however, the forest is indeed moving!
Also memorable is Asaji's going-insane scene, in which, she's trying to wash clean the imaginary foul stench of blood from her hands, obviously distraught at her malicious and inhumane misdeeds.

macabrescribe May 27, 2011

Throne of Blood was my first Kurosawa film. Since I admire the works of William Shakespeare quite a bit, I enjoyed many of the aspects of Throne of Blood, but some of its aspects irked me. There are sequences that don't seem relevant and are omission worthy. Another feature that bothered me was that certain key sections were very anticlimactic. I don't know if that's Kurosawa's style, but it didn't feel right. Then again, maybe if I re-watch the movie in a year or two, these irksome elements will make more sense.

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NobleSix
Feb 27, 2011

Mifune does a really good job in this film.

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mad64
Dec 13, 2010

Very nice adaption of MacBeth. I would have liked some samurai sword play.

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fblichert
May 25, 2010

This is one my favourite Kurosawa films. Macbeth as a samurai is brilliant (and the fact that he's played by Toshiro Mifune doesn't hurt). The film looks amazing, has a great pace, and rips Shakespeare out of highschool English class in an exciting way.

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Marcell_Murray
Jan 07, 2013

"YOU CAN'T DO THIS! MURDERING A HIGH LORD IS TREASON!!!!!!!"
"And who Murdered our last High Lord?!"

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