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Director:
Writers:
Hideo Oguni (screenplay) &
Shinobu Hashimoto (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:
Shakespeare meets Kurosowa (round 1) 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


Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies
  • 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:
Takeshi Katô (Guard killed by Washizu) was worried about the thrust of Toshirô Mifune's sword, so he placed a block of wood in his arm pit. Unfortunately Mifune's thrust split the block and wounded Katô. He is alive in 2014 and still carries a scar.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When the witch runs in the forest she can briefly be seen wearing sneakers.See more »
Quotes:
Lady Asaji Washizu:Admirable, my Lord. You, who would soon rule the world, allow a ghost to frighten you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Lady Macbeth von Mzensk (1992)See more »

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29 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Shakespeare meets Kurosowa (round 1), 25 May 2002
Author: OttoVonB from Switzerland

Round 2 being "Ran", an adaptation of King Lear. This first adaptation sets the bard's play "McBeth" in medieval Japan. Kurosowa decided to use a technique halfway between nô theater and adventure cinema and succeeds as always to deliver something cool, exciting and involving (not to mention time-withstanding!). Many of this movie's detractors insist that the acting is exaggerated and that Kurosowa's directing method is cold and impersonal... for your information, nô theater is about exaggerated mannerism and expression (and the script is theatrical [yet without piling up trite dialogue]) but one look at Mifune and you realize that this is in fact astonishing acting pushed a little further (his character is cool while occasionally veering towards a state of superstitious alertness, then slowly descends into madness), and he plays a villain. Your appreciation of this film depends on whether or not you can sympathize with a flawed and ultimately insane person. As for the directing, it isn't cold at all (quite visceral in fact when Mifune's character gives in to his fits and his final scene is astoundingly gripping). Never will Kurosowa be confused with the overly intellectual and distant (and inferior) Kubrick. So to all you detractors, please grant this film the following: even though it makes for an unsettling show of human corruption and deals with dark themes, it does so in a very masterful way. Not Kurosowa's best, but still a very worthy and refreshing addition to his work.

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