Akira Kurosawa's Throne Of Blood: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1957) / Region 1
Akira Kurosawas Throne Of Blood: The Criterion Collection

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One of the most celebrated screen adaptations of Shakespeare, Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood reimagines Macbeth in feudal Japan. Starring Kurosawa's longtime collaborator Toshiro Mifune and the legendary Isuzu Yamada as his ruthless wife, the film tells the tale of a valiant warrior's savage rise to power and his ignominious fall. With Throne of Blood, Kurosawa fuses one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies with the formal elements of Japanese Noh Theater to make a Macbeth that is all its own-a classic tale of ambition and duplicity set against a ghostly landscape of fog and inescapable doom.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Mar 06 2003
  • Production Year 1957
  • Empire SKU 473583
  • UPC Code 037429175828
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Audio commentary by Japanese-film expert Michael Jeck

Original Theatrical Trailer

New Essay by Stephen Prince (The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa)

Two Different Subtitle Translations, Each by a World-Renowned Translator of Japanese Films: One by Linda Hoaglund, the Other by Donald Richie

Notes on Subtitling By Linda Hoaglund and Donald Richie


  • Audio
    Japanese Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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