The Scottish Play
transported to medieval Japan, we have been looking for a used copy of this in our local stores for years without success and decided to splurge on a new copy
in honor of the Japanese Cinema Blogathon
. Throne of Blood
is not Kurosawa
's best, but as The Younger Son said, "When your best film is Ikuru..." I agree. It's hard to expect better than that. This 1957 film stars favorites Toshiro Mifune
and Takashi Shimura
and Isuzu Yamada
. Having spent $40 on a Criterion edition, I could have wished for more special features.
The New York Times
calls it "amusing". Images Journal
describes it as "bravura filmmaking". The BBC
has a review. The Guardian
says it typifies Kurosawa's art. DVDTalk
reviews the Criterion edition.
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