Throne of Blood

1957

Throne of Blood

Critics Consensus

A career high point for Akira Kurosawa -- and one of the best film adaptations of a Shakespeare play.

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Total Count: 42
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This moody and violent drama is the Japanese version of Shakespeare's "Macbeth." Even translated into the Japanese language, the timeless story of political intrigue, murder, greed and revenge remains a classic.

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Cast

Toshiro Mifune
as Taketoki Washizu
Takashi Shimura
as Noriyasu Odagura
Minoru Chiaki
as Yoshaki Miki
Akira Kubo
as Yoshiteru
Takamaru Sasaki
as Kuniharu Tsuzuki
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Critic Reviews for Throne of Blood

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (9)

  • 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.

    Mar 4, 2013 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Mar 4, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 4, 2013 | Full Review…

    Derek Malcolm

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jul 1, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Widely regarded as one of the most successful film adaptations of a Bard play.

    Jun 16, 2003

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