Throne of Blood(Movie, 1957)

Original title: "蜘蛛巣城" (Japanese/JA)
1h 48min | Genres: Drama, History
Throne of BloodRating: 4.0/5 (with 267267 votes)
Throne of Blood (蜘蛛巣城, Kumonosu-jō, lit. 'Spider Web Castle') is a 1957 Japanese historical drama film co-written and directed by Akira Kurosawa, with special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. The film transposes the plot of William Shakespeare's play Macbeth from Medieval Scotland to feudal Japan, with stylistic elements drawn from Noh drama. The film stars Toshiro Mifune and Isuzu Yamada in the lead roles, modelled on the characters Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. As with the play, the film tells the story of a warrior who assassinates his sovereign at the urging of his ambitious wife. Kurosawa was a fan of the play and intended to make his own adaptation for several years, delaying it after learning of Orson Welles' Macbeth (1948). Among his changes was the ending, which required archers to fire arrows around Mifune. The film was shot around Mount Fuji and Izu Peninsula. Despite the change in setting and language and numerous creative liberties, Throne of Blood is often considered one of the better film adaptations of the play. It won two Mainichi Film Awards, including Best Actor for Mifune. ()
Movie poster of Throne of Blood

Where to watch Throne of Blood (cinema/streaming/download)?

"Throne of Blood" is currently available on 2 providers. Throne of Blood can be rented on Amazon Instant Video and Apple / iTunes Store (SD/HD/4K) or purchased on Amazon Instant Video and Apple / iTunes Store (as a download from the website or as a Blu-ray Disc/DVD).

Amazon Instant Video
Available languages: English
Duration: 1h 49min
Apple / iTunes Store
Duration: 1h 50min
Amazon Instant Video
Available languages: English
Duration: 1h 49min
Apple / iTunes Store
Duration: 1h 50min

Awards & Nominations for Throne of Blood

Blue Ribbon Awards

About Throne of Blood

Returning to their lord's castle, samurai warriors Washizu and Miki 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, 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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Trailer for Throne of Blood + Featurettes/Teaser/Clips

Trailer 1(Trailer, 3:43)

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Additional Information

Production country: Japan
Shot in: Japan
Plays in: Japan
Based on: "Macbeth" (find it on Amazon)
Made by: Toho Company
Original language: Japanese (JA)
Spoken languages: Japanese (JA)
Translated into 22 languages: Czech (CS), Danish (DA), German (DE), Greek (EL), English (EN), Spanish (ES), Finnish (FI), French (FR), Hebrew (HE), Hungarian (HU), Italian (IT), Japanese (JA), Korean (KO), Lithuanian (LT), Dutch (NL), Polish (PL), Portuguese (PT), Russian (RU), Swedish (SV), Turkish (TR), Ukrainian (UK), Chinese (Mandarin) (ZH)
Status: Released
Release date US: 01/15/1957
Alternative titles in other countries (from previews, ads etc.):
"Das Schloß im Spinnwebwald"
"Seittien linna"
"O thronos tou aimatos"
"거미의 성"
"거미집의 성"
"Trono de sangre"
"O Trono de Sangue"
"Трон в крови"

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