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Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

Produced: 1957

Countries & Regions: Japan

DVD Details

Certificate: PG

Studio: British Film Institute

Length: 104 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 22 October 2001

Cat No: BFIVD533

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Languages(s): Japanese
Subtitles: English
Interactive Menu
Screen ratio 1:1.33

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Throne of Blood

Cast: Toshiro Mifune , Takashi Shimura , Minoru Chiaki , Isuzu Yamada , Akira Kubo , Takamaru Sasaki , Yoichi Tachikawa , Chieko Namira

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Akira Kurosawa’s film version of ’Macbeth’ transfers the action to medieval Japan, where a samurai warrior (Toshiro Mifune) is urged to... Read More

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Akira Kurosawa’s film version of ’Macbeth’ transfers the action to medieval Japan, where a samurai warrior (Toshiro Mifune) is urged to murder his lord (Takashi Shimura) and his best friend (Minoru Chiaki) by a forest spirit and an ambitious wife (Isuzu Yamada). Kurosawa renders ’the Scottish play’ through the conventions of traditional Japanese Noh theatre, creating what was reputedly T.S. Eliot’s favourite film. Features the famous ending, with Toshiro Mifune caught under hails of arrows.

Transposition of Shakespeares Macbeth to 16th century Japan. "Visually the film is a marvel because it is made of so little: fog, wind, trees, mist - the forest and the castle. There has rarely been a blacker and a whiter, black-and-white film" Donald Richie.

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