Review: Throne of Blood

November 16, 2016

 

On Friday November 11 the film Throne of Blood was played at 7:30 p.m. in room 112 in the Jack Williams Library. The film is a 1957 Japanese adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

 

The film started out at a battlefield where Taketoti Washizu and Yoshiaki Miki are lost in a forest where they encounter a spirit-seer who tells them of their future and a prophecy that they will fulfill.

 

Additionally, the seer tells Taketoti Washizu that he will be named the Lord of the Northern Garrison and Yoshiaki Miki will be commander of the first fortress.

 

Later in the film, Washizu is ordered by the prophecy to kill his enemies and the trees of the forest web trees retaliate against Washizu and he learns that he is doomed.

 

At the end of the film, Washizu’s men turn on him and he is struck by man arrows-then succumbs to his wounds.

 

Like Washizu and Yoshiaki, Macbeth and Banquo encounter a trio of witches that tell them of their prophecy and that Macbeth will eventually be the King of Scotland, much like Washizu being the Lord of the Northern Garrison.

 

Macbeth is considered to be one of Shakespeare’s dark and most powerful works.  If you missed this Friday’s movie, but consider yourself a “Shakespearian” make sure to check out Macbeth, Throne of Blood or any of Shakespeare’s other works.

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