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Kumonosu-Jô (1957)

Drama | 110 minutes
3,71 300 votes

Genre: Drama / Action

Duration: 110 minuten

Alternative titles: Throne of Blood / 蜘蛛巣城

Country: Japan

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Isuzu Yamada and Minoru Chiaki

IMDb score: 8,0 (56.102)

Releasedate: 15 January 1957

Kumonosu-Jô plot

Kurosawa's film adaptation of Shakespeare's MacBeth. Washizu and Miki return after a victorious battle and encounter a witch who makes a prediction for each of them. Washizu will become the new lord of the castle and will be succeeded by Miki's son. Will these predictions come true....?

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Taketori Washizu

Lady Asaji Washizu

Noriyasu Odagura

Yoshiteru Miki

Kunimaru Tsuzuki

Yoshiaki Miki

Kuniharu Tsuzuki

Military Commander

Washizu's workman

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avatar van Goldenskull


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Pretty nice.

I haven't seen Kurosawa in about 1.5 years. After Seven Samurai there were two mediocre movies, after which I didn't feel like it anymore. In general, his movies are just too long for me and it's pretty much the same.

The beginning is quite nice, but in the end the film is too long and doesn't hold my attention enough.


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avatar van Film Pegasus

Film Pegasus (moderator films)

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Shakespeare in Japan. Akira Kurosawa gives it his own interpretation. With great respect for the story and the theatrical approach, but you still miss the dialogues for which Shakespeare was known. It's more than just a story. Kurosawa does manage to visually dress it up, almost minimalistic and at the same time very grand. You immediately imagine yourself in the past, the atmosphere is immediately set.

A lot less is that different scenes take too long. Slow cinema is good, but these are just too slow scenes that take the rhythm out of it. Fortunately, the film has enough assets with the cinematography and protagonist Toshirô Mifune.

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avatar van james_cameron


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This Japanese adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth does have its moments, although the film has stood the test of time moderately across the board. The story is and remains very strong, but the exaggerated acting and the sober cinematography leave much to be desired. Here and there some beautiful shots and atmospheric scenes (the encroaching 'forest' for example), which makes it easy to watch the film, but I've seen better films by director Kurosawa.

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