Throne of Blood
Director: Akira Kurosawa Run Time: 108 min. Format: 35mm Film Release Year: 1957 Language: Japanese
Starring: Isuzu Yamada, Minoru Chiaki, Takashi Shimura, Toshirō Mifune
Set in medieval Japan, Kurosawa’s take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth is inundated with the spirit of the Noh theatrical tradition. Yamada’s performance as Asaji (this film’s Lady Macbeth) is truly terrifying, the visual depiction of one of the story’s prophecies is remarkable, and Mifune’s murderous general meets his end in one of cinema’s most iconic images.
In Japanese with English subtitles
Double Feature with THE HIDDEN FORTRESS