in about 100 words or less
Japan 105m, B&W
Director: Akira Kurosawa; Cast: Toshirō Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Minoru Chiaki,Chieko Naniwa, Hiroshi Tachikawa, Akira Kubo, Takamaru Sasaki, Takashi Shimura
Throne of Blood is Akira Kurosawa’s brilliant adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth set in feudal Japan and played out by Samurai commanders who fulfill their “destiny” after their future is foretold by a forest spirit. The film’s slow and deliberate pace is spectacularly punctuated by wild flourishes of action, treachery and ghostly haunting as fortunes and misfortunes come to pass. Kurosawa’s adaptation is beautifully realized and wonderfully told through the use of elegant and powerful images which replace much of the play’s traditional dialogue. Throne of Blood is arguably one of the finest film adaptations of Macbeth, and easily the most vivid, entertaining and memorable (Klaus Ming January 2011).