Criterion Collection: Throne of Blood [Blu-ray]
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A vivid Macbeth adaptation, Throne of Blood, directed by Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai), sets Shakespeare’s tale of ambition and duplicity in a ghostly, fogenshrouded landscape in feudal Japan. As a tough warrior who rises savagely to power, Toshiro Mifune (Yojimbo) gives a remarkable, animalistic performance, as does Isuzu Yamada (Black River) as his ruthless wife. Throne of Blood fuses Western tragedy with formal elements taken from Noh theatre to create an unforgettable cinematic experience.
A champion of illumination and experimental shading, Kurosawa brings his unerring eye for indelible images to Shakespeare in this 1957 adaptation of Macbeth. By changing the locale from Birnam Wood to 16th-century Japan, Kurosawa makes an oddball argument for the trans-historicity of Shakespeare's narrative; and indeed, stripped to the bare mechanics of the plot, the tale of cut-throat ambition rewarded (and thwarted) feels infinitely adaptable. What's lost in the translation, of course, is the force and beauty of the language--much of the script of Throne of Blood is maddeningly repetitive or superfluous--but striking visual images (including the surreal Cobweb Forest and some extremely artful gore) replace the sublime poetry. Toshiro Mifune is theatrically intense as Washizu, the samurai fated to betray his friend and master in exchange for the prestige of nobility; he portrays the ill-fated warrior with a passion bordering on violence, and a barely concealed conviviality. Somewhat less successful is Isuzu Yamada as Washizu's scheming wife; her poise and creepy impassivity, chilling at first, soon grows tedious. Kurosawa himself is the star of the show, though, and his masterful use of black-and-white contrast--not to mention his steady, dramatic hand with a battle scene--keeps the proceedings thrilling. A must-see for fans of Japanese cinema, as well as all you devotees of samurai weapons and armour. --Miles Bethany --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This is a retelling of Shakespeare's Macbeth. So, the story is pretty well-known. However, nobody has presented Macbeth or any of Shakespeare's work as beautifully as Kurosawa in... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Nat Hawthorne
It seems to be alive.
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Thank you for the high-definition disk.
Purchase is recommended.
Great classic movie re-mastered to perfection. This is the best interpretation of Macbeth..with Japanese flair added. If Akira Korasawa films are your thing get this!Published 21 months ago by Patricia Shakespeare
The movie is amazing, and contains many of Kurosawa's greatest moments. As a Japanese adaptation of Shakespeare it's fascinating.
The DVD quality is beautiful. Read more
Akira Kurosawa's Throne Of Blood may very well be his best, ranking up there with Seven Samurai, Ran, Yojimbo, Rashomon, and The Hidden Fortess. Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by scott belba
Throne of Blood is an Akira Kurosawa's rendition Shakespeare's Macbeth. The story pretty much is the same with a few minor character changes, one sprit instead of three witches... Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by M. Miller
I love Kurosawa, but this stripped down version of Macbeth is no Ran, his tribute to King Lear, which even my 11 year old loved. Read morePublished on April 16 2004 by David J. Forsmark
Widly considered as one of the greatest shakespearean film adaptations ever made. Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood is a very different adaptation of Macbeth set in feudal japan. Read morePublished on March 4 2004