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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
5,377
Favs
619
Dislikes
23
Favs/checks
11.5% (1:9)
Favs/dislikes
27:1
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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. 3 years ago
  2. Unit 731's avatar

    Unit 731

    天皇陛下!バンザイ!

    I shall speak quickly and plainly.

    I didn't expect to enjoy Shakespeare on film but Kurosawa seemed to alter the story for my tastes nicely and the samurai setting is just icing on Der Kuchen. All in all, the story is very powerful and fascinating. Excellent for everyone interested in the period, just be prepared for the fantasy elements.

    But yeah, it is an excellent movie overall, powered by the amazing performance by Toshiro Mifune. I don't think I've seen anyone portrary a man gone insane better than him.

    And the final 10 minutes in my book go down as one of the finest ever. The shower of arrows (done by real arrows and archers) was just beyond insane and the final killing blow is just a magnificent editing trick. It is really neat to see stuff like this in old movies.

    Favorite part of the movie: In the beginning the original daimyo rejected the rival daimyo's peace offer. Stupid fucking AI.
    4 years 4 months ago
  3. dariointermilan's avatar

    dariointermilan

    Not going to lie, I found this a bit boring at times. Really does require a bit of effort from the viewer.

    Beautiful scenes though, and a wonderfully executed scene at the end.
    12 months ago
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