THRONE OF BLOOD (kumonosu jo) (1957 JAPAN) D/W/P: AKIRA KUROSAWA W: SHINOBU HASHIMOTO/RYUZO KIKUSHIMA HIDEO OGUNI P: SOJIRO MOTOKI
Superb, moody Noh-inspired b/w samurai period re-telling of Shaespeare's Macbeth is one of Kurosawa's finest. Toshiro Mifune stars as the soldier turned lord fearful for his downfall an old witch in the woods predicted. With Isuzu Yamada, Minoru Chiaki, Takashi Shimura, Akira Kubo, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Isao Kimura, Yoshio Inaba and shot-by-shot frameable photography from Asakazu Nakai. Kurosawa later returned to Shakespeare (King Lear to be exact) with RAN.

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