Overall: It is another movie that is absolutely worth watching. After the festival's 2010 season closes Oct. He also had the good fortune of accessing two great cultures - European literature and Japanese visual art he was originally a painter before entering cinema as a set-designer. Donalbain is a character in William Shakespeare's Macbeth c. Striking in its Simplicity, yet it Gloms on to the Imagination and won't let go. It is a breathtaking, highly original concept that pays homage to both Shakespeare and Kurosawa and yet makes its own statement on its own terms. It is Asaji who pressures Washizu into having Miki killed so that he can be the sole ruler of all of the provinces, but when this happens, the other castles turn against him and seek to avenge the leaders who have been killed under his orders.
This is both a blessing and a curse, for while it gives western audiences a point of reference, it also invites all sorts of comparisons that viewers familiar with the Shakespeare play feel honor-bound to make--and that can get in the way of seeing the film as it is rather than what we expect it to be. Lighting by Darren McCroom only intensifies the stark mood. The tough general egged by his scheming as well as ambitious wife lady Adaji , Yamada , works to fullfill a prophecy that he would become lord of spider's cobweb castle but with unexpected consequences. Perhaps it is the difficulty of transposing Japanese drama into a western theatrical context, but the weakest element in this play is the juxtaposition of elaborate formal speeches by the protagonists with the contemporary, colloquial wordplay of the minor characters. The film is full of the notion of spiders spinning webs and plots in secret.
In this film Kurosawa uses a more still and quiet filming style than was used in his previous films with the exception of Ikiru. A particularly strong scene is the first one after Washizu has been made master of North Mansion. To my mind, however, the most memorable performance is offered by Isuzu Yamada as Lady Washizu--who plays the role with a demonic stillness that cracks into physical action only when she is completely sure of herself or in utter desperation. One scene that comes to mind that quite clearly communicates the meaning of this fog is early in the film, just after Washizu and Miki saw the spirit in the woods, and had their futures revealed to them. He is the younger son of King Duncan and brother to Malcolm, the heir to the throne. They come across a spirit-like seer who tells them of their future: both have been promoted because of their victory that day; Washizu will someday be the Great Lord of the Spider's Web castle while Miki's son will someday rule as Great Lord as well. There was a very interesting use of symbolism in Throne of Blood that is worth pointing out here.
Even Kurosawa Fans must admit this is not his most Inspiring Film and not as easily accepted by a Wide Audience like some of His other Great Movies The Seven Samurai 1954 or Ran 1985. In the Sixteenth Century in Japan, the brave generals Taketori Washizu Toshir? The Noh style of acting like Kabuki, but more refined seems stilted and exaggerated for the first few minutes; then you realize that is ideally suited to a story like this - more natural acting would seem out of place, as other Macbeth-movies go to prove. Macbeth is the great-granddaddy of the entire horror genre, and Kurosawa is a worthy descendant. But having done this with the same skill, Kurosawa has fashioned another samurai masterpiece. If you know Kurosawa's Seven Samurai or Yojombo, your expectations going into Throne of Blood will probably let you down at first.
I'm sure literature majors out there are having an apoplexy now that I said that. . The sequence with the arrows in the end of the story is amazingly perfect. The story is sometimes slow-moving, but you have to realize that this is a story of insidious slow rot hence the references to spiders and cobwebs. The motion picture titled Cobweb castle or The castle of the Spider's web was stunningly directed by Akita Kurosawa. When they arrive at the castle, they learn that the first part of the prophecy is correct.
But his evil deeds come back to haunt him. This was something of a departure for him, as for the first time he neglects the humanist warmth that was his trademark up to this point, to make a film that his overwhelmingly dark, dismal and cold. Besides that, and probably more obviously, is the way that the strange spirit in the woods was presented. There are many painterly images reminiscent of Ukiyo-e e. One particularly noteworthy example occurred late in the film, as Washizu is standing over his army.
Of course, in the process, he does change them a bit, creating something that is not Shakespearian anymore: it's Kurusawa. When the current Great Lord makes a surprise visit to his garrison outpost, Washizu is again promoted to commander of his vanguard but his wife reminds him of the danger that comes with the position. The apparitions are quite admirable. Once the murder is committed, peace does not follow, but rather a long chain of bloody killings until the position Mifune holds is exactly what the title personifies. Like Olivier he uses a wide range of cinematic techniques to inject an atmosphere of despair and dread that could never be conveyed on the stage. As I said, the photography is beautiful, and overwhelming. When the current Great Lord makes a surprise visit to his garrison outpost, Washizu is again promoted to commander of his vanguard but his wife reminds him of the danger that comes with the position.
When the current Great Lord makes a surprise visit to his garrison outpost, Washizu is again promoted to commander of his vanguard but his wife reminds him of the danger that comes with the position. When they arrive at the castle, they learn that the first part of the prophecy is correct. Mifune is incredible, his performance as Washizu, the loyal warrior who kills the king to take over his throne. This film cannot be praised enough, and although it is not a horror movie, it puts all modern horror movies to shame with its deadly atmosphere. September of My Years, starred in the Emmy- winning television special Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music, and scored hits with.
Taketoki is victorious, but the shed blood to rob him once and for all the peace of mind. I must first point out that I must be a total Neanderthal, as I don't particularly like Shakepeare plays or movies. Sinatra was honored with the Kennedy Center Honors in 1. I was also very fond of the performance by Isuzu Yamada as Lady Macbeth's equivalent. Throne of Blood is Kurosawa's adaptation of Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, but in a feudal Japanese setting.