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Throne of Blood
Throne of Blood

Throne of Blood 1957


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Throne of Blood 1957 12

109 mins Japan Director. Akira Kurosawa

Considered one of the finest screen presentations of Macbeth, despite not using a single line of Shakespeare’s play, this atmospheric samurai drama combines scenes of remarkable energy and brutality with elements of traditional Noh theatre. Kurosawa favourite Toshiro Mifune plays the ambitious warlord whose extraordinary death scene lingers in the memory long after the film is finished.

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Directed by

Akira Kurosawa


Takashi Shimura

Isuzu Yamada

Toshiro Mifune




Shakespeare on Film Shakespeare Akira Kurosawa Japanese Classics


12 Contains infrequent moderate horror and violence







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