Throne of Blood DVD

Akira Kurosawa, 1957


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Film Details

Directed by Akira Kurosawa

Produced in 1957

Main Language - JAPANESE with English subtitles

Countries & Regions - Asian Film, Japanese Film

Film Description

You will find no poetry in Throne of Blood's sparse dialogue, and little subtlety in its characterisation, but its pace, atmosphere and imagery have a power that is absolutely Shakespearean. The Bard's evocation of tenth-century Scotland is brilliantly re-imagined in Kurosawa's depiction of late fifteenth-century Japan, a world full of bestial omens and foul weather. Toshiro Mifune rants and rages as Washizu, the Macbeth equivalent, spurred on by the mesmerizing Isuzu Yamada as his wife. The climatic battle gave cinema one of its most enduring images: Mifune transformed into a human pin cushion by the arrows of his own men.

Throne of Blood

DVD Details

Certificate: PG

Publisher: BFI

Length: 104 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.33

Format: DVD B&W

Region: 2

Released: 22nd October 2001

Cat No: BFIVD533

Subtitles: English

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