After realizing that we'd never featured an Akira Kurosawa on Hit Me With Your Best Shot, we obviously had to. Ran (1985) was tempting but it gets a lot of attention already. So we opted to watch his other Shakespeare inspired masterpiece, Throne of Blood (1957) which is still the best Macbeth movie even if its more Macbeth-inspired than traditionally adapted.
If you've never seen it, give it a shot. It's gorgeous and haunting and unlike most Shakespeare films grippingly compact at only 110 minutes.
Hit Me With Your Best Shot(s)
Throne of Blood (1957)
Director: Akira Kurosawa; Cinematographer: Asakazu Nakai
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Throne of Blood teaches us how to watch it.
-Antagony & Ecstasy
The minute we see Isuzu Yamada as Lady Asaji in this cold spare room, we know exactly where things will go...
-Scopophiliac at the Cinema
One of my favorite ideas in these Japanese stories is that the living and dead (or the supernatural) could live together, without a hereafter.
What Shakespeare does with language, Kurosawa and Noh do with movement.
-Dancin Dan on Film
Kurosawa injects into the tragedy of Macbeth an incredible sensorial expressiveness of poetic dimensions by placing it in mystic version of feudal japan.
Fujimaki's own splatter-painting.
-The Film Experience
The staging of the two actors is just brilliant...
The camera becomes like a piece of stagecraft
-Film Mix Tape
the vast space and the wealth that implies, as well as the ample room for Washizu and his wife to contemplate their guilt
The movie builds with precision, early shots foreshadowing what is to come
My favorite scene in Macbeth and they do it very well here
NEXT TUESDAY NIGHT WARNING: "NOW a warning?" It's Death Becomes Her (1992), rereleased in a collectors edition. Please join us for what will surely be a fun group of screengrabs