Throne Of Blood

Throne Of Blood

Downloadable Video - 1957
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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...
Publisher: [Japan]: , Films sans frontières (Firm) [distridutor], , [1957]
Copyright Date: ©1957
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (1 hr. 44 min. 59 sec.)) : sound, color
Alternative Title: Also released as: Kumonosu-jo

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lavasushi
Sep 17, 2018

Tried to embrace Akira Kurosawa and this classic? Film. But I couldn’t do it. Got halfway through.

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lindy919
May 22, 2018

If you want to see an excellent version of MacBeth, watch the 1971 film directed by Roman Polanski. It is a bloody movie that is completely faithful to Shakespeare. Also, the 2015 with Michael Fassbender is good; this one does not contain very much of the poetry except during "important" or "famous" scenes (kind of like a highlight reel).
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For me, when compared to the actual play of MacBeth, Throne of Blood is just OK. Obviously, being in Japanese, it does not contain any of the poetry on which it is based and several important scenes are glossed over or merely hinted at. It has a high IMDB rating (8.1) which can only be because it was directed by Akira Kurasawa. Still, it has amazing (if not comical) death scene at the end.

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mercipourleslivres
May 01, 2018

Taking the plot of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and transplanting it in Feudal Japan, Kurosawa’s epic borrows stylistic elements from Japanese Noh theatre, (masks, and a ghostly chorus) along with an elaborate set design (the film’s literal title refers to “Spider Web Castle.”) Critics consider this to be perhaps the finest film adaptation of the play to date, with its stunning visuals making up for the lack of actual Shakespearean language.

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SEELOCHAN BEHARRY
Jan 20, 2018

A enjoyable film to see.
Shows that ambitious people willingly scheme and plot to achieve their ambitions - even including murder. Yet after these wrong deeds are executed their consciences bothers and alter their behavior. Eventually both of the plotters are brought down to ingloriously ends.
Sun Tzu ( Art of War) wrote that: "when the trees are moving the enemy is advancing."
The trees (men under the trees or with trees) were advancing here, but those inside the castle thought the trees were literally attacking the castle and panicked. It was a strategy not known to these defendants- it would have made a big difference to the outcome of the battle and the story.

Seelochan Beharry
Author: "The Prehistories of Baseball."

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jimg2000
Dec 08, 2017

Saw this 1957 B/W a few times in the past and what's once more. Still did not particularly like the 10 minutes of riding around in the fog near the start of the film, at least seemed that long. The rest of the legend however were highly satisfying with Mifune portrayed the ever tightly wound puppet under the thumb of one witchy Japan`s Lady Macbeth. An excellent watch but personally, enjoyed Kurosawa`s "King Lear" version "Ran 1985" more,

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Me_Tarzan
Dec 03, 2017

If nothing else - I'd say that all of you fashion-trendy guys of today out there ought to feel right at home watching "Throne Of Blood" - 'Cause every male character in this film had his hair done up (perhaps just like you) in one of those irksome, little ponytails, sitting on top of his head, as well.

It really killed me that even when any of these characters had been wearing a really tight-fitting helmet on top of his head - Whenever that headgear was removed (guess what?) that goofy, little ponytail stood straight up again with no adjustments required... (Ha! Spare me!)

Anyway - I certainly found this 1957, Japanese version of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" to be quite boring. Indeed. And tedious. And any attempts made at creating an atmosphere of surrealism seemed downright silly for the most part.

And - Last, but not least - What the hell was with character, Lady Washizu's eyebrows, anyway??

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LKBC_EPL
Oct 26, 2015

Absolute perfection.

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Libraryman1_0
Jun 16, 2014

An excellent true to the story Japanese film version of Shakespeare's Macbeth set in Feudal Japan involving Samurais. As I would usually say, this is an atmospheric and hauntingly depressive tale and no, like the story it's based upon, this does not end happily. Methinks this is why it's known as tragedian.

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Marcell_Murray
Jan 07, 2013

5/5 stars Obviously! ;) Mifune was incredible!!!!

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akirakato
Aug 20, 2012

I enjoyed this movie to the hilt and believe that this film is the most successful film version of Shakespeare's play "Macbeth" despite the many liberties it takes with the original play.
Especially, the forest-miving scene is fascinating.
Distraught upon hearing of his wife's miscarriage and in dire need of help with the impending battle with his foes, Washizu (the protagonist) returns to the forest to summon the spirit, who tells him that he will not be defeated unless the trees of Spider's Web forest rise against the castle.
Washizu believes this is impossible and is confident of his victory.
To his surprise, however, the forest is indeed moving!
Also memorable is Asaji's going-insane scene, in which, she's trying to wash clean the imaginary foul stench of blood from her hands, obviously distraught at her malicious and inhumane misdeeds.

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jimg2000
Dec 08, 2017

Intro and ending:
Look upon the ruins of the castle of delusion. Haunted only now by the spirits of those who perished. A scene of carnage born of consuming desire. Never changing. Now and throughout eternity.
HERE STOOD SPIDER'S WEB CASTLE
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The infamous Spider's Web Forest. Stretching out like a spider's web, protecting Spider's Web Castle against all foes.
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If you choose the path of bloodshed, then climb to the very pinnacle of evil.
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They always say, "Rats flee a house before it burns. "
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Oh, terrible gods attend our story well
The very same tale foretold in ancient legend
The warrior Chikata whose devilish men
served his traitorous schemes
Yet when his demon henchmen
murder him in betrayal
their debt of royal treachery
swiftly brings their own ruin
And thus it came to pass

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Marcell_Murray
Jan 07, 2013

"YOU CAN'T DO THIS! MURDERING A HIGH LORD IS TREASON!!!!!!!"
"And who Murdered our last High Lord?!"

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