Throne of Blood* (Kumonosu-Jo)

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Throne of Blood* (Kumonosu-Jo)

  • 1957 ----- b & w ----- 109 min ----- vhs
  • (Directed by Akira Kurosawa; with Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura) Kurosawa's version of Macbeth spares no effort in creating an atmosphere of obsessive madness and supernatural compulsion. Although nominally set in medieval Japan, the action is dislocated in terms of time and place. The high-contrast black and white cinematography, use of a ubiquitous artificial mist and employment of certain Noh Theatre techniques makes us feel as if we are watching a ritualized series of predetermined events and responses, totally beyond the reach of rational intervention. Considered by some critics to be the best film version of Macbeth. (In Japanese with English subtitles) (Restricted to classroom use only)
  • Topics: (Asian Languages and Literature, Drama, Japan, Literature: English, Motion Pictures: Features)