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THE BIGGER PICTURE: THRONE OF BLOOD

Director: Akira Kurosawa

107 minutes, Japan, 1957, Subtitled, Black and White


This film screened on Monday 12th October 2015.

Our monthly programming strand in which a key film is presented within the context of a notional film canon.

Having considered European work to date, our focus now shifts to Japan and this masterful adaptation of Macbeth by Akira Kurosawa. Toshiro Mifune is the king, growling and flaying his way through armed forces, ratcheting up an enormous body count as he pursues his witch-inspired goal to be lord of the Spider’s Web Castle. Just when you thought Michael Fassbender had added unforeseen dimensions to the Scottish play, here’s an earlier version that might just make you want to dig out your old school Shakespeare again.

Introduction by writer and filmmaker Derek O’Connor.

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