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Throne of Blood


Akira Kurosawa

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About the Movie

A vivid, visceral Macbeth adaptation, Throne of Blood, directed by Akira Kurosawa, sets Shakespeare’s definitive tale of ambition and duplicity in a ghostly, fog-enshrouded landscape in feudal Japan. As a hardened warrior who rises savagely to power, Toshiro Mifune gives a remarkable, animalistic performance, as does Isuzu Yamada as his ruthless wife. Throne of Blood fuses classical Western tragedy with formal elements taken from Noh theater to create an unforgettable cinematic experience.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 42
  • Fresh: 41
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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. – TIME Magazine, Mar 4, 2013

Fresh: Widely regarded as one of the most successful film adaptations of a Bard play. – Glenn Abel, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Mar 4, 2013

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Customer Reviews

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I actually like this better than Kurosawa’s more well-known Shakespeare adaption: Ran. This is a highly enjoyable and accessible rendition of MacBeth in a way that only Kurosawa could have presented it. Awesome film.

Great movie but...

it’s about time The Criterion Collection start adding Closed Captioning to its movies for the hearing impaired.

The Scottish play from Japan

This is by far the best exposition of the Scottish play I’ve seen.

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