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Throne of Blood (1957) (Kumonosu-jô) (1996)

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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
Hiroshi Tachikawa Hiroshi Tachikawa
Kunimaru Tsuzuki
Minoru Chiaki Minoru Chiaki
Yoshiaki Miki
Takamaru Sasaki Takamaru Sasaki
Kuniharu Tsuzuki
Gen Shimizu Gen Shimizu
Washizu samurai


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


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Macbeth in a Japanese feudal setting

1 year, 9 months ago at Aug 4 13:21
I am more of a Seven Samurai, Ran and Hidden Fortress fan myself when it comes to Akira Kurasawa's films. However I do think alongside the likes of Welles' Chimes at Midnight, Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing and Olivier's Richard III to be one of the finest films based on Shakespeare's work ever made. Throne of Blood is a somewhat loose adaptation of Macbeth, not as bloody perhaps and set in a Ja... read more
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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: 22 November 1961
UPC: 037429175828
Tags: Japanese (12), Shakespeare (11), Japan (9), Samurai (9), 1950s (9), Drama (7), 1957 (7), War (5), Adaptation (5), Betrayal (5), Foreign (4), Emperor (4), Greed (3), Murder (3), Sword (3), Obsession (3), Horse (3), Blood (3), Prophecy (3), Fantasy (2)
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Macbeth in a Japanese feudal setting

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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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