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A.k.a.
Throne of Blood
Year
1957
Runtime
110 min.
Director
Akira Kurosawa
Genre
Drama
Rating *
8.1
Votes *
32,650
Checks
6,121
Favs
698
Dislikes
33
Favs/checks
11.4% (1:9)
Favs/dislikes
21:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    In Throne of Blood, Kurosawa addresses many of my problems with MacBeth by changing and/or clarifying the lead couple's motivations, and the wonderful casting certainly helps. Toshiro Mifune is always watchable, but it's Isuzu Yamada as his Lady MacBeth that really steals the show. Very, very creepy, almost like she's a figment of his tortured imagination rather than a real person. This is a rather experimental film for Kurosawa, one that holds shots far too long, crosses the line, uses aggressive musical stings, and creates spare kabuki spaces, make-up and expressions to make the audience uncomfortable. It may seem boring to modern audiences, but embrace it and all will be well. It is a mood piece, first and foremost, and a visual masterwork with an incredible arrow-laden climax. 6 years 3 months ago
  2. vmunda's avatar

    vmunda

    Very gripping, amazing shots and arrow scene is a treat to eyes. 6 years 2 months ago
  3. Dieguito's avatar

    Dieguito

    One more masterpiece from Kurosawa, Toshirô Mifune is crazy as always, great acting.. 10 years 1 month ago
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  6. This movie ranks #121 in Kinema Junpo's Top 200 Japanese Films
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