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Throne of Blood (15-Jan-1957)

Original Title: Kumonosu jo

Director: Akira Kurosawa

Writers: Shinobu Hashimoto; Ryuzo Kikushima; Akira Kurosawa; Hideo Oguni

From a play: Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Keywords: Drama, Japan

The two samurai warriors Washizu and Miki defeat the traitorous warlord Inui, and while returning from battle they come across a prognosticating spirit that foretells Washizu shall succeed his lord, and subsequently Miki's son shall succeed Washizu. With the encouragement of his ambitious and cynical wife, Washizu murders his master, but steps must be taken to ensure that the second half of the prophecy not unfold. Macbeth relocated from Scotland to Medieval Japan; critic Harold Bloom deems it "the most successful film version of Macbeth."

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Toshirô Mifune
1-Apr-1920 24-Dec-1997 Yojimbo
Takashi Shimura
12-Mar-1905 11-Feb-1982 The Seven Samurai
Isuzu Yamada
5-Feb-1917 9-Jul-2012 Yojimbo


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