Kumonosu J (Throne of Blood) (Macbeth)
Kumonosu J (Throne of Blood) (Macbeth) (1957)

Macbeth is reimagined as a samurai in feudal Japan in director Akira Kurosawa's classic adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy. Familiar with Orson Welles's more faithful adaptation, Kurosawa chose to place a more personal stamp on… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 27, 2003
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A career high point for Akira Kurosawa -- and one of the best film adaptations of a Shakespeare play.

TIME Magazine

No doubt about it now: Japan's Akira Kurosawa must be numbered with Sergei Eisenstein and D. W. Griffith among the supreme creators of cinema.

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Time Out

It's visually ravishing, as you would expect, employing compositional tableaux from the Noh drama, high contrast photography, and extraordinary images of rain, galloping horses, the birds fleeing from the forest.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

One of the best Shakespearean adaptations ever made, and that director Akira Kurosawa topped himself by helming the brilliant King Lear-inspired Ran 28 years later only cements the fact that he will always be heralded as one of the greats.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

No stage production could match Kurosawa's Birnam Wood, and, in his final framing of the hero -- a human hedgehog, stuck with arrows -- he conjures a tragedy not laden with grandeur but pierced, like a dream, by the absurd.

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Glenn Abel
Hollywood Reporter

Widely regarded as one of the most successful film adaptations of a Bard play.

Matthew Sorrento
Film International

Kurosawa grounds this downward spiral through the presence of Toshiro Mifune, who personalizes the Macbeth role while making it greater than his historical moment.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Akira Kurosawa's remarkable 1957 restaging of Macbeth in samurai and expressionist terms is unquestionably one of his finest works -- charged with energy, imagination, and, in keeping with the subject, sheer horror.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

We label it amusing because lightly is the only way to take this substantially serio-comic rendering of the story of an ambitious Scot into a form that combines characteristics of the Japanese No theatre and the American Western film.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

These most powerful of men are just puppets or, more aptly, fools embracing the illusion that they are masters of a world that views them as ... a punchline to the cosmic joke

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Akira Kuroswa crafts yet again another stunning, bold; epic that is Throne of Blood. Brilliantly acted and directed, the film features an intense atmosphere… More
Chris Weber
Throne of Blood is basically William Shakespeare's Macbeth, only set in Feudal Japan. The setting is quite fitting given the subject matter, and in the… More
Aditya Gokhale
Akira Kurosawa sure leaves no stone unturned when it comes to delivering a product that is an adaptation of a literary work of William Shakespeare. And of… More
Keiko Aya
Akira Kurosawa film adaptations of a Shakespeare play? And without a doubt the best thing ever done on Macbeth easy. Just add my country --Japan-- and you have… More
Bruce Bruce
From the Criterion Collection Spine Number 190. Throne of Blood is a masterpiece by one of the world's greatest film makers at the height of his powers.… More
Wildaly M
Watching this Japanese version was strange for me and I wasn't exactly sure what to think of it as I watched. Some parts were different but great (the… More