Throne of Blood (1957)



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

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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.
Rating: NR
Genre: Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Classics , Drama
Directed By: Akira Kurosawa
Written By: Akira Kurosawa , Shinobu Hashimoto , Ryuzo Kikushima
In Theaters: wide
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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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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (7)

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.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
New Yorker
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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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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.

Full Review… | July 1, 2008
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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