Throne of Blood Reviews

Top Critic
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top Critic
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.
June 16, 2003
Widely regarded as one of the most successful film adaptations of a Bard play.
May 20, 2003
We label it amusing because lightly is the only way to take this substantially serio-comic rendering of the story of an ambitious Scot into a form that combines characteristics of the Japanese No theatre and the American Western film.
March 10, 2003
Throne of Blood is the grizzliest Macbeth you're likely ever to see.
January 8, 2002
Throne of Blood spectacularly transforms the source play -- turning it into a terrifying journey through darkness, evil, and despair.
January 6, 2002
The director's vision of Macbeth as a samurai is still a stunning reading, not merely of Shakespeare, but of history, power and sexual politics.