Throne of blood

Throne of blood

DVD - 2003 | Japanese
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In medieval Japan, a warlord and his wife stop at nothing in their quest for power. A tale of pride, treachery, ambition, and greed that echoes Shakespeare's Macbeth.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2003
ISBN: 9780780026445
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE THRO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Akira Kurosawa's 1957 adaptation of Macbeth, starring Taketoki Washizu

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Jan 20, 2018

A enjoyable film to see.
Shows that ambitious people willingly scheme and plot to achieve their ambitions - even including murder. Yet after these wrong deeds are executed their consciences bothers and alter their behavior. Eventually both of the plotters are brought down to ingloriously ends.
Sun Tzu ( Art of War) wrote that: "when the trees are moving the enemy is advancing."
The trees (men under the trees or with trees) were advancing here, but those inside the castle thought the trees were literally attacking the castle and panicked. It was a strategy not known to these defendants- it would have made a big difference to the outcome of the battle and the story.

Seelochan Beharry
Author: "The Prehistories of Baseball."

Dec 08, 2017

Saw this 1957 B/W a few times in the past and what's once more. Still did not particularly like the 10 minutes of riding around in the fog near the start of the film, at least seemed that long. The rest of the legend however were highly satisfying with Mifune portrayed the ever tightly wound puppet under the thumb of one witchy Japan`s Lady Macbeth. An excellent watch but personally, enjoyed Kurosawa`s "King Lear" version "Ran 1985" more,

If nothing else - I'd say that all of you fashion-trendy guys of today out there ought to feel right at home watching "Throne Of Blood" - 'Cause every male character in this film had his hair done up (perhaps just like you) in one of those irksome, little ponytails, sitting on top of his head, as well.

It really killed me that even when any of these characters had been wearing a really tight-fitting helmet on top of his head - Whenever that headgear was removed (guess what?) that goofy, little ponytail stood straight up again with no adjustments required... (Ha! Spare me!)

Anyway - I certainly found this 1957, Japanese version of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" to be quite boring. Indeed. And tedious. And any attempts made at creating an atmosphere of surrealism seemed downright silly for the most part.

And - Last, but not least - What the hell was with character, Lady Washizu's eyebrows, anyway??

Oct 26, 2015

Absolute perfection.

Jun 16, 2014

An excellent true to the story Japanese film version of Shakespeare's Macbeth set in Feudal Japan involving Samurais. As I would usually say, this is an atmospheric and hauntingly depressive tale and no, like the story it's based upon, this does not end happily. Methinks this is why it's known as tragedian.

Jan 07, 2013

5/5 stars Obviously! ;) Mifune was incredible!!!!

Aug 20, 2012

I enjoyed this movie to the hilt and believe that this film is the most successful film version of Shakespeare's play "Macbeth" despite the many liberties it takes with the original play.
Especially, the forest-miving scene is fascinating.
Distraught upon hearing of his wife's miscarriage and in dire need of help with the impending battle with his foes, Washizu (the protagonist) returns to the forest to summon the spirit, who tells him that he will not be defeated unless the trees of Spider's Web forest rise against the castle.
Washizu believes this is impossible and is confident of his victory.
To his surprise, however, the forest is indeed moving!
Also memorable is Asaji's going-insane scene, in which, she's trying to wash clean the imaginary foul stench of blood from her hands, obviously distraught at her malicious and inhumane misdeeds.

macabrescribe May 27, 2011

Throne of Blood was my first Kurosawa film. Since I admire the works of William Shakespeare quite a bit, I enjoyed many of the aspects of Throne of Blood, but some of its aspects irked me. There are sequences that don't seem relevant and are omission worthy. Another feature that bothered me was that certain key sections were very anticlimactic. I don't know if that's Kurosawa's style, but it didn't feel right. Then again, maybe if I re-watch the movie in a year or two, these irksome elements will make more sense.

Feb 27, 2011

Mifune does a really good job in this film.

Dec 13, 2010

Very nice adaption of MacBeth. I would have liked some samurai sword play.

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Dec 08, 2017

Intro and ending:
Look upon the ruins of the castle of delusion. Haunted only now by the spirits of those who perished. A scene of carnage born of consuming desire. Never changing. Now and throughout eternity.
The infamous Spider's Web Forest. Stretching out like a spider's web, protecting Spider's Web Castle against all foes.
If you choose the path of bloodshed, then climb to the very pinnacle of evil.
They always say, "Rats flee a house before it burns. "
Oh, terrible gods attend our story well
The very same tale foretold in ancient legend
The warrior Chikata whose devilish men
served his traitorous schemes
Yet when his demon henchmen
murder him in betrayal
their debt of royal treachery
swiftly brings their own ruin
And thus it came to pass

Jan 07, 2013

"And who Murdered our last High Lord?!"

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