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Director: Akira Kurosawa     Starring: Toshirô Mifune
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40220389
UPC: 037429175828
UPC 14: 00037429175828
Sales Rank: 1456
Rating: NR
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One of the most celebrated screen adaptations of Shakespeare, Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood reimagines Macbeth in feudal Japan. Starring Kurosawa's longtime collaborator Toshiro Mifune and the legendary Isuzu Yamada as his ruthless wife, the film tells the tale of a valiant warrior's savage rise to power and his ignominious fall. With Throne of Blood, Kurosawa fuses one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies with the formal elements of Japanese Noh Theater to make a Macbeth that is all its own-a classic tale of ambition and duplicity set against a ghostly landscape of fog and inescapable doom.
Editor's Note
Akira Kurosawa's stunning reconception of Shakespeare's MACBETH is a dark samurai drama, set in feudal Japan. As the film begins, two soldiers--Washizu (Toshirô Mifune) and Miki (Minoru Chiaki)--find themselves lost in a dense forest during a powerful thunderstorm. Seemingly unable to leave the woods, they encounter a ghostly old woman who predicts that Washizu will soon rise to power. At the goading of his ruthless wife, Asaji (Isuzu Yamada), Washizu embarks on a murderously ambitious path and quickly fulfills the prophecy. However, his ascension is cursed by his brutal actions and soon opposition arises to challenge his blood-stained rule.

One of the finest Shakespeare adaptations to appear in any medium, Kurosawa's THRONE OF BLOOD is covered in an entrancingly macabre web. The always-amazing Mifune gives one of his greatest performances as the haunted yet unrelenting Lord Washizu, while Yamada portrays the eeriest version of Lady Macbeth to ever grace the screen or stage. A master of reinterpretation, Kurosawa incorporates strong elements of Japanese Noh drama into the film, and the result adds to the somber and chilling mood. The film's highlight, however, is the tense and skillfully paced finale, which features Washizu literally up against the wall as he faces an army of vengeful archers.

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Video Features DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Mono Audio, Black & White, English, Subtitled
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Home Vision/Public Media
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/27/2003
Video Play Time Running Time: 109 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1957
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 130
Video UPC UPC: 00037429175828
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Japanese
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: Japanese
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 4:3
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Akira Kubo
Video Cast Info Isuzu Yamada
Video Cast Info Takashi Shimura
Video Cast Info Toshiro Mifune
Video Cast Info William Shakespeare - Based On Play By
Video Cast Info Asakazu Nakai - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Akira Kurosawa - Director
Video Cast Info Akira Kurosawa - Editor
Video Cast Info Akira Kurosawa - Producer
Video Cast Info Sojiro Motoki - Producer
Video Cast Info Akira Kurosawa, et al. - Writer

Professional Reviews

Los Angeles Times
"...One of the truest presentations of Shakespeare's tragedy..." 04/10/1992 p.F27

Sight and Sound
"...Kurosawa's visual daring is sustained to the very end....This stands as one of the most successful translations of Shakespeare to film..." 01/01/2002 p.61-2

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Kurosawa,Akira
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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