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AKIRA KUROSAWA directs TOSHIRO MIFUNE: The Two Main Men of Japan: THRONE OF BLOOD

  • 22 Jan 2017
  • 6:30 PM - 8:25 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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SUN, JAN 22, 6:30p:

AKIRA KUOSAWA directs

TOSHIRO MIFUNE:

The Two Main Men of Japan

THRONE OF BLOOD

Directed by AKIRA KUROSAWA/Japan/1957/1hr, 50mins.


THRONE OF BLOOD Polish poster, 1958

A vivid, visceral Macbeth adaptation, 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 Blood fuses classical Western tragedy with formal elements taken from Noh theater to create an unforgettable cinematic experience.-Criterion (In Japanese with English subtitles)

“Director Akira Kurosawa had wanted to make Throne of Blood for some time. “After finishing Rashomon [in 1950] I wanted to do something with Shakespeare’s Macbeth, but just about that time Orson Welles’s version was announced, so I postponed mine.”-Donald Richie

(And don’t miss the new doc:

MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI, Jan 27-Feb 02!)



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