Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Toshirô Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura, Akira Kubo, Hiroshi Tachikawa
When this ran a couple years ago, I wrote, “Akira Kurosawa’s first brush with William Shakespeare, an adaptation of Macbeth aptly named Throne of Blood (1957), is one of the filmmaker’s finest films — and one of the few instances of plot-driven Shakespeare that actually works. Perhaps it’s because Macbeth has a stronger plot than many of Shakespeare’s plays, or perhaps it’s because Kurosawa opted to reject the poetry and simply go with the story and the atmosphere. It is certainly not lacking in atmosphere — and, in fact, has a feel that is comparable to Orson Welles’ 1948 Macbeth, although achieved quite differently.” Full review: http://avl.mx/ka
In Brief: Akira Kurosawa’s brilliant but hardly subtle film version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is one of the director’s strongest films — and an essential for anyone interested in Japanese cinema.