Throne of Blood

Throne of Blood

Director: Akira Kurosawa Cast: Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Minoru Chiaki
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Overview

Throne of Blood

One of the most successful Shakespeare adaptations for the screen, Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood strips away Macbeth's minor characters and long soliloquies, turns the witch scenes into a strange supernatural encounter, and transforms the Scottish landscape into a misty visage of feudal Japan. Kurosawa masterfully employs style and composition to create a closed world in which the film's tragic outcome seems pre-ordained. Such visual motifs as fog, wind, and rain, juxtaposed with the austere interior of Washizu's castle, create an eerie, foreboding feel, while Kurosawa's use of stark blacks and whites, coupled with his persistent use of hard edits, seem to place the characters in stylistic confinement. Not unlike Michelangelo Antonioni's L'avventura (1960), Kurosawa uses repetition, such as the image of Washizu's emerging from the fog, to suggest the futility of the characters' actions. Rarely has a Kurosawa film been rendered with such bleakness. Throne of Blood is a visually brilliant, emotionally powerful masterpiece from one of the true masters of cinema.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/2009
UPC: 0715515050814
Original Release: 1957
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:49:00
Sales rank: 57,626

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Toshiro Mifune Taketoki Washizu
Isuzu Yamada Asaji
Minoru Chiaki Yoshaki Miki
Takashi Shimura Noriyasu Odagura
Akira Kubo Yoshiteru
Takamaru Sasaki Kuniharu Tsuzuki
Yoichi Tachikawa Kunimaru
Chieko Naniwa Witch

Technical Credits
Akira Kurosawa Director,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Shinobu Hashimoto Screenwriter
Ryuzo Kikushima Screenwriter
Shojiro Motoki Producer
Yoshiro Muraki Art Director
Asakazu Nakai Cinematographer
Asaichi Nakai Cinematographer
Hideo Oguni Screenwriter
Masaru Sato Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Essential Art House: Throne of Blood
1. Opening Credits / Chorus [5:00]
2. Captains Washizu and Miki Triumph [4:09]
3. The Forest Maze [3:00]
4. A Prophecy [7:36]
5. Lost [4:49]
6. Prophecy Fulfilled [2:07]
7. Lord Washizu and Lady Asaji [4:52]
8. Ambush? [4:44]
9. Blood of a Traitor [2:46]
10. High Treason [9:18]
11. Intruders! [1:07]
12. The Chase [5:57]
13. The Great Lord's Coffin [7:13]
14. An Heir [2:44]
15. Evil Omen [2:40]
16. An Unexpected Guest [9:33]
17. Stillborn [5:21]
18. Seeking Answers [5:20]
19. Rallying the Troops [6:17]
20. The Birds [3:00]
21. Madness [3:11]
22. The Forest Moves [6:54]
23. Chorus [1:33]

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Throne of Blood 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Irving_Washington More than 1 year ago
Throne of Blood reminded me of just how clever Akira Kurosawa was with a camera. From the opening scene with the fog and the castle appearing, or the first scene with the evil spirit in the forest foretelling Washizu's and Miki's futures, Throne of Blood kept me entertained and creeped out more than a lot of modern films. This movie is all about ambience, sounds, and images that won't leave your mind for a long time. I can't think of much else to say. There really isn't anything bad to say about this film, other than Kurosawa really likes to show people being lost or riding horses. But, I can't complain. It all lends to the overall feel of the scene of the film as a whole.

One of my favorite of Kurosawa's gems.
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