Adapted from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Directed by Akira Kurosawa (1957). Starring Toshiro Mifune and Isuzu Yamada. Japanese with English subtitles. Black and white. 104 minutes.
Kumonosu-jô (Spider’s Web Castle, entitled Throne of Blood in English) received a muted reception in Japan when released in 1957; it was, however, widely acclaimed in Europe and the USA as a powerful cinematic reworking of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. It is now acknowledged by many as the greatest film adaptation of Shakespeare ever made.
Akira Kurosawa sets the play firmly in a Japanese context, situating it in Japanese history by transposing the action to the Sengoku civil war …
Citation: Fraser, Duncan. "Throne of Blood (1957) - film adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 May 2015 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19391, accessed 24 September 2023.]