Throne of Blood

Throne of Blood ★★★★½

This is the second Kurosawa film I've seen, and though this isn't quite as high-concept as Rashomon, it's still highly enjoyable. Even with my limited knowledge of his films, it's clear that Kurosawa truly knows how to use his actors (particular props go to Toshiro Mifune). The set design - and the way with which the environments are shown through frequent use of wides and tableaus - blew me away, taking full advantage of the film's feudal Japanese setting. This is also my first time actually experiencing the Macbeth story, and I just love the way it was told, from the opening with the spirit in the woods to the tense, politically-charged end.

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