A vivid, visceralMacbethadaptation,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 Bloodfuses classical Western tragedy with formal elements taken from Noh theater to create an unforgettable cinematic experience.
Black & White
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 theToho MasterworksseriesAkira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create
Two alternate subtitle translations, by Japanese film translator Linda Hoaglund and Kurosawa expert Donald Richie
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