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Throne of Blood (Kumonosu-jô) (1957)

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Starring (View all)
Toshirô Mifune Toshirô Mifune
Taketoki Washizu
Isuzu Yamada Isuzu Yamada
Lady Asaji Washizu
Takashi Shimura Takashi Shimura
Noriyasu Odagura
Akira Kubo Akira Kubo
Yoshiteru Miki
Minoru Chiaki Minoru Chiaki
Yoshiaki Miki
Takamaru Sasaki Takamaru Sasaki
Kuniharu Tsuzuki
Gen Shimizu Gen Shimizu
Washizu samurai
Kokuten Kodo Kokuten Kodo
Military Commander


Written by (View all)
Hideo Oguni Hideo Oguni
(screenplay)
Shinobu Hashimoto Shinobu Hashimoto
(screenplay)


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A transposition of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' to medieval Japan. After a great military victory, Lords Washizu and Miki are lost in the dense Cobweb Forest, where they meet a mysterious old woman who predicts great things for Washizu and even greater things for Miki's descendants. Once out of the forest, Washizu and Miki are immediately promoted by the Emperor. Washizu, encouraged by his ambitious wife, plots to make even more of the prophecy come true, even if it means killing the Emperor.
Release date: 15 January 1957
UPC: 037429175828
Tags: Japanese (11), Shakespeare (11), Japan (9), Samurai (8), 1950s (8), Drama (6), 1957 (6), Adaptation (5), Betrayal (5), War (4), Foreign (4), Emperor (4), Greed (3), Murder (3), Sword (3), Obsession (3), Horse (3), Blood (3), Prophecy (3), Castle (2)
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"First viewing - Feb. 22nd Mifune Monday Turns out I was able to find one more Toshirô Mifune movie on Max, which is why I wound up making his films my Monday routine this month. And Throne of Blood is just excellent all around. The Shakespearean influence is obvious, but I was never bored with it and dug the way it played out. It's a great film and I'm glad I finally managed to catch it after all these years of wanting to see it."


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"27.2. 2020 Kurosawa's version of "Macbeth" is too slow-paced and partly tedious but still visually engaging film that carefully examines greed for power. "Throne of Blood" doesn't really offer any significantly new viewpoints so it can be said that the film is clearly one of the more forgettable works by the director. Kurosawa's methods work better in some of his more original works."


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"8.7 Will it never be gone? The blood. I wash and wash, yet the blood remains - and the smell! Will my hands never again be clean?"


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"13.4 (uusintakatselu) Olen tätä näemmä joskus katsonut läpi sormien, mutta ihminen viisastuu vanhetessaan. Kurosawan tulkinta Macbethistä kuvaa alkuperäismateriaalilleen uskollisella ja hyytävällä tavalla ihmismielen perimmäistä ahneutta sekä sen perässä tulevaa hulluutta. Mifunen sotakenraali murhaa hallitsijansa tietämättään siitä, että valtaistuin on tahrittu myös edellisten hallitsijoiden verellä. Lopulta mies tulee hulluksi, näkee näkyjä ja tämän vaimo ei saa pe"


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