Throne of Blood
At the School of Drama, as a student I watched
this masterpiece of Kurosawa's interpretation
of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Ever since I tried to
understand the brilliance of the cinematic styled
on Noh , Japanese classical theatre.
Kurosawa shows how the two cultural strains,
eastern and western, interlock and interact. The
one illumines the other.
The director is not afraid to add his own flourishes
to the well-known story. He creates a form which
encapsulates the spirit of the play, interweaving
the related themes of treachery, blood and guilt..
The death scene, with its railing, hysterical
(played marvelously by Toshiro Mifune) and relentless
volleys of arrows has enormous power and lives
long in my memory.