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Throne of Blood

Akira Kurosawa

 
Throne of Blood (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Japan
  • 1957
  • 109 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • Japanese
  •  
  • Spine #190

A vivid, visceral Macbeth adaptation, Throne of Blood, directed by Akira Kurosawa, sets Shakespeare’s definitive tale of ambition and duplicity in a ghostly, fog-enshrouded landscape in feudal Japan. As a hardened warrior who rises savagely to power, Toshiro Mifune gives a remarkable, animalistic performance, as does Isuzu Yamada as his ruthless wife. Throne of Blood fuses classical Western tragedy with formal elements taken from Noh theater to create an unforgettable cinematic experience.

Cast

Taketoki WashizuToshiro Mifune
AsajiIsuzu Yamada
Yoshiaki MikiMinoru Chiaki
Yoshiteru MikiAkira Kubo
Kuniharu Tsuzuki Takamaru Sasaki
Kunimaru TsuzukiYoichi Tachikawa
Noriyasu OdaguraTakashi Shimura
WitchChieko Naniwa

Credits

DirectorAkira Kurosawa
ProducerSojiro Motoki
ScreenplayHideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Ryuzo Kikushima and Akira Kurosawa
Based on Macbeth byShakespeare
PhotographerAsakazu Nakai
Art directionYoshiro Muraki
Art supervisionKohei Ezaki
RecordingFumio Yanokuchi
MusicMasaru Sato

Disc Features

  • New, restored 2K digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Japanese-film expert Michael Jeck
  • Documentary on the making of the film, created as part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create
  • Two alternate subtitle translations, by Japanese film translator Linda Hoaglund and Kurosawa expert Donald Richie
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film historian Stephen Prince and notes on the subtitling by Hoaglund and Richie

    New cover by Bill McMullen

Film Essays

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Throne of Blood: Shakespeare Transposed

By Stephen Prince January 06, 2014

Akira Kurosawa’s film is both a Macbeth adaptation and a distinctly Japanese artwork in the Noh tradition. Read more »


Film Essays

Throne of Blood

By Donald Richie December 02, 1991

Director Akira Kurosawa had wanted to make Throne of Blood for some time. “After finishing Rashomon [in 1950] I wanted to do something with Shakespeare’s Macbeth, but just about that time Orson . . . Read more »

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From the Kurosawa Archives

March 23, 2017

With a monumental body of work spanning nearly six decades, thirty feature films, and a staggering array of styles and genres, Akira Kurosawa has been a cornerstone of our collection since we . . . Read more »


Big Screen

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Repertory Pick: Kurosawa in Seattle

January 19, 2017

This week in Seattle, Washington, the Grand Illusion Cinema screens a towering portrait of political treachery, Akira Kurosawa’s 1957 Throne of Blood. Transposing Macbeth to medieval Japan, this . . . Read more »


Announcements

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Essential Art House On Sale

November 30, 2016

Catch up on the classics! Select Essential Art House DVD releases are on sale starting at $9. Makes a great stocking stuffer! Read more »


Hulu

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Repertory Pick: Kurosawa in Toronto

June 23, 2016

This week, the TIFF Cinematheque in Toronto will show Akira Kurosawa’s 1960 dramatic thriller The Bad Sleep Well as part of its summer series of special screenings. Starring the Japanese screen . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries

The Magnetic Mifune

April 01, 2014


Video


Film Essays

Current_617_002_thumbnail

Throne of Blood: Shakespeare Transposed

By Stephen Prince January 06, 2014

Akira Kurosawa’s film is both a Macbeth adaptation and a distinctly Japanese artwork in the Noh tradition. Read more »


Announcements


Photo Galleries


Film Essays

Throne of Blood

By Donald Richie December 02, 1991

Director Akira Kurosawa had wanted to make Throne of Blood for some time. “After finishing Rashomon [in 1950] I wanted to do something with Shakespeare’s Macbeth, but just about that time Orson . . . Read more »

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Throne of Blood (Criterion DVD)

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Criterion Store price:$23.96

Throne of Blood (Essential Art House DVD)

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