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Director:
Writers:
Hideo Oguni (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
22 November 1961 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Macbeth's Version in Japanese Fields - Another Masterpiece of Akira Kurosawa See more (100 total) »

Cast

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Toshirô Mifune ... Taketoki Washizu
Isuzu Yamada ... Lady Asaji Washizu

Takashi Shimura ... Noriyasu Odagura
Akira Kubo ... Yoshiteru Miki
Hiroshi Tachikawa ... Kunimaru Tsuzuki (as Yôichi Tachikawa)
Minoru Chiaki ... Yoshiaki Miki
Takamaru Sasaki ... Kuniharu Tsuzuki
Gen Shimizu
Kuninori Kôdô ... Military Commander
Kichijirô Ueda ... Washizu's workman
Eiko Miyoshi ... Old Woman at castle
Chieko Naniwa ... Old Ghost Woman
Nakajirô Tomita ... Second Military Commander
Yû Fujiki ... Washizu samurai
Sachio Sakai ... Washizu samurai
Shin Ôtomo ... Washizu samurai
Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Washizu samurai
Yoshio Inaba ... Third Military Commander
Takeo Oikawa ... Miki party member
Akira Tani ... Washizu soldier
Ikio Sawamura ... Washizu soldier
Yutaka Sada ... Washizu samurai
Seijirô Onda ... Second Miki party member
Shinpei Takagi ... Commander
Masao Masuda ... Commander
Mitsuo Asano
Shôbun Inoue ... Servant
Asao Koike
Takeshi Katô ... Guard killed by Washizu
Hitoshi Takagi ... Tsuzuki guard
Michiya Higuchi ... Tsuki guard
Senkichi Ômura ... Washizu samurai
Gorô Sakurai ... Servant
Shirô Tsuchiya ... Commander
Takeo Matsushita ... Commander
Jun Ôtomo ... Commander
Kamayuki Tsubono ... Servant
Fuminori Ôhashi ... Samurai
Isao Kimura ... Phantom samurai
Seiji Miyaguchi ... Phantom samurai
Nobuo Nakamura ... Phantom samurai

Directed by
Akira Kurosawa 
 
Writing credits
Hideo Oguni (screenplay) &
Shinobu Hashimoto (screenplay) &
Ryûzô Kikushima (screenplay) &
Akira Kurosawa (screenplay)

William Shakespeare  play "Macbeth" (uncredited)

Produced by
Akira Kurosawa .... producer
Sôjirô Motoki .... producer
 
Original Music by
Masaru Satô 
 
Cinematography by
Asakazu Nakai 
 
Production Design by
Yoshirô Muraki 
 
Makeup Department
Masanori Kobayashi .... makeup artist (as M. Kobayashi)
Yoshiko Matsumoto .... hair stylist
Junjirô Yamada .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Hiroshi Nezu .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yoshimitsu Banno .... assistant director (as Yoshimitsu Sakano)
Hiromichi Horikawa .... chief assistant director
Mimachi Norase .... chief assistant director
Ken Sano .... assistant director
Shoya Shimizu .... assistant director
Yasuyoshi Tajitsu .... assistant director
Michio Yamamoto .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Kôhei Ezaki .... art supervisor
Kôichi Hamamura .... property master
Yoshifumi Honda .... assistant art director
Kaneko .... props
 
Sound Department
Ichirô Minawa .... sound effects editor
Masanao Uehara .... assistant sound
Fumio Yanoguchi .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Eiji Tsuburaya .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Masao Fukuda .... still photographer
Shozo Hada .... assistant lighting technician
Kuichirô Kishida .... lighting director
Takao Saitô .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Taiki Mori .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Chozo Obata .... negative cutter
 
Other crew
Fabrice Arduini .... french adaptation: original version with subtitles
Shigeru Endo .... horseback riding instructor
Ikemichi Hashimoto .... accountant
Ienori Kaneko .... horseback riding instructor
Teruyo Nogami .... script supervisor
Keiko Tsubai .... french adaptation: original version with subtitles
Pascal Vincent .... press attache: France (re-release: 2001 )
 
Crew believed to be complete


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  • C.D.C.  Italian post-synchronized version made by
  • Fono Roma  post-synchronization: Italian dubbed version
  • Toho Studios  sound stages

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kumonosu-jô" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
110 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording) | Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 (new rating: 2001) | Finland:K-16 (original rating) | Germany:12 | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Africa:PG | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2001) | UK:PG (video rating) (1991) | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-MA (cable rating)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Film based on William Shakespeare's early-17th-century play Macbeth, which was in turn based on a medieval Scottish legend.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When the witch runs in the forest she can briefly be seen wearing sneakers.See more »
Quotes:
Old Ghost Woman:[singing] ambition is false fame and will fall, death will reign, man falls in vainSee more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Macbeth (1909/I)See more »

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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Macbeth's Version in Japanese Fields - Another Masterpiece of Akira Kurosawa, 7 September 2005
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In the Sixteenth Century in Japan, the brave generals Taketori Washizu (Toshirô Mifune) and Yoshiaki Miki (Minoru Chiaki) are invited to visit their lord in his castle after a battle wined by them against a traitor general. In the way to the castle, they meet in the forest an evil spirit that foresees their future from the bottom of their hearts, with Washizu being the lord of an important mansion in the fields of their lord, Miki the commander of the First Fortress and Miki's son the successor of Washizu. When they meet their master, the first part of the prophecy comes true for Washizu and Miki. However, the wife of Washizu poisons his heart with calumnies and malicious feelings against the lord and Miki. Washizu kills them both, becoming the new lord of the Spider's Web Castle, but tormented by his guilty and afraid of his future.

"Kumonosu Jô" is another masterpiece of Akira Kurosawa, indeed a version of Shakespeare's Macbeth play brilliantly transposed to the scenario of the feudalistic Japan of the Sixteenth Century. The shootings and the cinematography are very impressive even in the present days, and the performances are outstanding, highlighting Toshirô Mifune in the role of a strong warrior in the battlefields, but weak in front of his venomous and ambitious wife. The sequence with the arrows in the end of the story is amazingly perfect. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Trono Manchado de Sangue" ("Throne Stained by Blood")

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