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Throne of Blood Reviews

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June 19, 2003
Director Akira Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood" has been widely hailed as a masterpiece, but it's impossible to watch free from the shadow of his far superior film "Ran."
Full Review| Original Score: B-
January 7, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 23, 2003
May not approach the lofty standards of something like The Seven Samurai, but it certainly stands as one of the director's finest and most accessible efforts.
Read More | Original Score: 88/100
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
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
July 26, 2002
Kurosawa at the top of his game, Mifune at his most darkly compelling, and the best realization of Shakespeare ever put to film.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 10/10
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.
May 30, 2008
One of Kurosawa's best and arguably the best Shakespeare ever filmed.
July 30, 2002
Kurosawa's dim view of humanity in the face of nature in Throne of Blood is reflected everywhere visually.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 5, 2007
Toshiro Mifune gives a winning quirky performance.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 31, 2003
Kurosawa's film ranks as a classic that holds up over the years for its tight construction and masterful cinematic technique
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 18, 2003
Its primary source subject to familiarity and its author's trademark apparent, Throne of Blood is nonetheless original, liberally inspired by multiple sources and seen, in result, as a singular novelty.
January 1, 2000
A slightly disappointing film that could be truly enjoyed only by the most enthusiastic Kurosawa fans, able to withstand Great Master even when he is not at his best.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 1, 2000
A prime example of cinematic cross-cultural pollination.
June 16, 2003
Widely regarded as one of the most successful film adaptations of a Bard play.
July 29, 2003
Throne of Blood, Akira Kurosawa's searing adaptation of Macbeth, fluidly weaves Shakespeare's fluid lyricism with a distinct Japanese flavor.
Full Review | Original Score: 92/100
March 9, 2004
It is, in our opinion, one of the greatest of reasons to go to the movies.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
August 13, 2002
Mifune was a primal force to be reckoned with, and in films like Throne of Blood, that animal instinct shone brightly.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
March 10, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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