Throne of Blood – Criterion [Blu-ray] (1957) *NEW*

Throne of Blood – Criterion [Blu-ray] (1957) *NEW*


Returning to their lord’s castle, samurai warriors Washizu (Toshirô Mifune) and Miki (Minoru Chiaki) are waylaid by a spirit who predicts their futures. When the first part of the spirit’s prophecy comes true, Washizu’s scheming wife, Asaji (Isuzu Yamada), presses him to speed up the rest of the spirit’s prophecy by murdering his lord and usurping his place. Director Akira Kurosawa’s resetting of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” in feudal Japan is one of his most acclaimed films.

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Generals Miki and Washizu are Samurai commanders and friends under a local lord, Lord Tsuzuki, who reigns in the castle of the Spider's Web Forest. After defeating the lord's enemies in battle, they return to Tsuzuki's castle. On their way through the thick forest surrounding the castle, they meet a spirit, who foretells their future. The spirit tells them that today Washizu will be named Lord of the Northern Garrison and Miki will become commander of the first fortress. She then foretells that Washizu will eventually become Lord of Spider's Web Castle, and finally she tells Miki that his son will also become lord of the castle. When the two return to Tsuzuki's estate, he rewards them with exactly what the spirit had predicted. As Washizu discusses this with Asaji, his wife, she manipulates him into making the second part of the prophecy come true by murdering Tsuzuki when he visits.

Throne of Blood
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Original Japanese poster
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on Macbeth
by William Shakespeare(uncredited)
Music by Masaru Sato
Cinematography Asakazu Nakai
Edited by Akira Kurosawa
Distributed by Toho
Release date
  • 15 January 1957 (Japan)
Running time
110 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

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Weight 0.6 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 1.0 × 7.5 in


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