Castles of Delusion – Reflections of Power in “Throne of Blood” (1957)

We pan out only to see the ruins swallowed by the mist before vanishing altogether. So begins and so concludes Akira Kurosawa’s eerie period drama “Throne of Blood”. Throne of Blood is the late director’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, trading the warring Scottish Highlands for feudal Japan. It wasn’t one of the famed Japanese auteur’s most lucrative works when it was released, neither domestically nor internationally, but in the decades since the film has garnered significant praise among his oeuvre of works. Continue reading Castles of Delusion – Reflections of Power in “Throne of Blood” (1957)