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Throne of Blood

Spine #190

May 27, 2003

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • Japanese Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

Throne of Blood

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Directed By: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Minoru Chiaki, Akira Kubo, Takamaru Sasaki, Yoichi Tachikawa, Takashi Shimura, Chieko Naniwa
Licensor: Toho Co.

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One of the most celebrated screen adaptations of Shakespeare into film, Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood re-imagines Macbeth in feudal Japan. Starring Kurosawa's longtime collaborator Toshiro Mifune and the legendary Isuzu Yamada as his ruthless wife, the film tells of a valiant warrior's savage rise to power and his ignominious fall. With Throne of Blood, Kurosawa fuses one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies with the formal elements of Japanese Noh theater to make a Macbeth that is all his own-a classic tale of ambition and duplicity set against a ghostly landscape of fog and inescapable doom.

  • Audio commentary by Japanese-film expert Michael Jeck
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New essay by Stephen Prince (The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa)
  • Two alternative subtitle translations: a new version from renowned Japanese-film translator Linda Hoaglund, and Kurosawa expert Donald Richie
  • Notes on subtitling by Linda Hoaglund and Donald Richie


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