Throne of Blood by Akira Kurosawa (Japan, 1957, 109 min.). 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 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 his own: a classic tale of ambition and duplicity set against a ghostly landscape of fog and inescapable doom.
Free admission. Tickets available in-person the day of the screening.