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Kumonosu J (Throne of Blood) (Macbeth) Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 18, 2014
One of the best Shakespearean adaptations ever made, and that director Akira Kurosawa topped himself by helming the brilliant King Lear-inspired Ran 28 years later only cements the fact that he will always be heralded as one of the greats.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matthew Sorrento
Film International
April 10, 2014
Kurosawa grounds this downward spiral through the presence of Toshiro Mifune, who personalizes the Macbeth role while making it greater than his historical moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
January 23, 2014
These most powerful of men are just puppets or, more aptly, fools embracing the illusion that they are masters of a world that views them as ... a punchline to the cosmic joke
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve
January 13, 2014
Unavoidable consequence of human ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

Total Film
March 4, 2013
Throne Of Blood captures the spirit of Shakespeare's writing, as the driving rain, swirling fog and screeching animals lend metaphorical weight to this tale of murderous human ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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TIME Magazine
March 4, 2013
No doubt about it now: Japan's Akira Kurosawa must be numbered with Sergei Eisenstein and D. W. Griffith among the supreme creators of cinema.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
March 4, 2013
No stage production could match Kurosawa's Birnam Wood, and, in his final framing of the hero -- a human hedgehog, stuck with arrows -- he conjures a tragedy not laden with grandeur but pierced, like a dream, by the absurd.
Derek Malcolm
Guardian
March 4, 2013
Throne Of Blood defeats categorisation. It remains a landmark of visual strength, permeated by a particularly Japanese sensibility, and is possibly the finest Shakespearean adaptation ever committed to the screen.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 9, 2010
More an impression of Macbeth than an actual Macbeth>/i>.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 1, 2008
Akira Kurosawa's remarkable 1957 restaging of Macbeth in samurai and expressionist terms is unquestionably one of his finest works -- charged with energy, imagination, and, in keeping with the subject, sheer horror.

Film4
July 1, 2008
A potent adaptation that captures all the strange atmosphere of Shakespeare's play, and invests it an exhilarating, visceral aesthetic.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 30, 2008
One of Kurosawa's best and arguably the best Shakespeare ever filmed.
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
October 6, 2007
In fact, in the scene where Lady Asaji leaves a room and disappears into the darkness to get sake to make the guards drunk, the ominous rustling of her silk gown is as chilling as Lady Macbeth's lines.
| Original Score: 10/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 5, 2007
Toshiro Mifune gives a winning quirky performance.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 4, 2007
Transplanted to medieval Japan, Kurosawa's brutal film is one of the best Shakesperean adaptations on screen, with a tour de force performance from Toshiro Mifune; it makes a fascinating double bill with the masterful Ran
Full Review | Original Score: A-
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
With its all-pervading sense of doom, this is a serious contender for the finest celluloid Shakespeare of them all.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
It's visually ravishing, as you would expect, employing compositional tableaux from the Noh drama, high contrast photography, and extraordinary images of rain, galloping horses, the birds fleeing from the forest.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 10, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 9, 2004
It is, in our opinion, one of the greatest of reasons to go to the movies.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Variety
March 26, 2009
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