Throne of Blood [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1957]

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  • Release Date: 08/25/2015
  • Rating: NR
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7 out of 7)

Special Features


  • Audio commentary featuring Japanese film expert Michael Jeck
  • Documentary on the making of the film, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create
  • Two alternate subtitle translations, by Japanese film translator Linda Hoaglund and Kurosawa expert Donald Richie
  • Trailer

Synopsis


Throne of Blood
Macbeth is reimagined as a samurai in feudal Japan in director Akira Kurosawa's classic adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy. Familiar with Orson Welles's more faithful adaptation, Kurosawa chose to place a more personal stamp on his version by translating the events and characters to historical Japan. The equivalent of the tragic Scottish lord is Taketoki Washizu (Toshiro Mifune), a valiant warrior whose life is transformed by an encounter with a ghostly female spirit. The spirit offers several predictions, finally stating that Washizu will rise to power over the current warlord. When these predictions begin coming true, he and his ambitious wife decide to ensure his ascendancy to power by murdering the current ruler. As with Macbeth, Washizu achieves his goal, but his guilt and the suspicions of others soon bring about his downfall. The shift to Japanese settings is seamless, creating a historically accurate and resonant work with a culturally distinct visual style. The supporting performances also recall Japanese tradition, particularly Isuzu Yamada's creepily unemotional take on Lady Macbeth, while Mifune proves consistently gripping in the sheer intensity of his performance. The intelligence of Kurosawa's alterations retains the drama's tragic impact, especially during the conclusion, in which Washizu makes a memorable final stand against an advancing army. Impressive in every regard, Throne of Blood seems secure in the pantheon of superior film adaptations of William Shakespeare. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Toshiro Mifune
    Toshiro Mifune - Taketoki Washizu
  • Isuzu Yamada
    Isuzu Yamada - Asaji
  • Minoru Chiaki
    Minoru Chiaki - Yoshaki Miki
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    Takashi Shimura - Noriyasu Odagura
  • Akira Kubo
    Akira Kubo - Yoshiteru



Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Shakespeare reimagined by Kurosawa

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    XAvenger
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    Throne of Blood ranks as one of Akira Kurosawa's finest samurai epics. In this movie, Kurosawa takes the tale of MacBeth and sets it in feudal Japan. Throne of Blood weaves a tale of suspense, betrayal and the supernatural centered on an ill-fated samurai named Washizu. The legendary Toshiro Mifune gives a hypnotic performace as the tortured samurai Washizu, a man tortured by his own ambition as well as by forces beyond this world. Direction, writing and set design are tremendous and really draw you into the world of Throne of Blood. The costuming is especially gorgeous. The sets and costumes are all perfectly faithful to the period in which Throne of Blood is set. There are a few problems with image quality here and there, owing to the age and condition of the source material. Also, I would have liked to have seen a feature of the making of the film and a feature about the era the film was set in. The liner notes are nice, but I would have liked some more information about the making and setting of the film. Throne of Blood is one of the best films to ever come out of Japan. Watch it for yourself and see why Akira Kurosawa is still regarded as one of the world's best film makers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Akira Kurosawa classics!

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    RigbyReardon
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    A masterful retelling of Macbeth set in feudal Japan. This is quite possibly my favorite of all the Kurosawa films. Toshiro Mifune & Kurosawa are essentially giving a Master's class in acting & filmmaking with this one!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Kurosawa Great!

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    Raif79
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    This film has been long overdo on blu-ray. The transfer is fantastic and the film itself hasn't looked this good since it was shown in the theater. Extras from the old DVD have been ported over.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stellar blu ray and packaging

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    psams1990
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    The Blu-ray came in as expected, complete with booklet and no damage to the case or disc. Everything went accordingly as the disc had no defects.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good Kurosawa film

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    David
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    While it isn't one of Kurosawa's very best films, Throne of Blood is still a must-see for fans of foreign cinema. Criterion did an excellent job on this Blu-ray.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Movie

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    buyer01
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    Throne of Blood is an excellent movie that is an adaptation of Macbeth. Great story. It is one of Kurosawa's best movies and Mifune is good in this movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Japanese Macbeth

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    lepoinconneur
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    Shakespeare's Macbeth has never been so creepy. Great all around

    I would recommend this to a friend



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