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Throne of Blood 
109 minutes
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Year: 1957
Country: Japan

Fri 3:00 pm RUSH

One of the most celebrated screen adaptations of Shakespeare, this 1957 classic, directed by the legendary Akira Kurosawa (Rashomon, Seven Samurai), re-imagines Macbeth in feudal Japan. The world premiere of the theatrical presentation of Throne of Blood, adapted by acclaimed director Ping Chong, will open at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in July. While work is underway to bring this classic to the stage, the AIFF will celebrate with a screening of the celluloid version. Starring Kurosawa's longtime collaborator Toshiro Mifune and the legendary Isuzu Yamada as his ruthless wife, the film tells the tale of a valiant warrior's savage rise to power and his ignominious fall. With this masterpiece, Kurosawa fuses one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies with the formal elements of Japanese Noh Theater to make a Macbeth that is all his own- a classic tale of ambition and duplicity set against a ghostly landscape of fog and inescapable doom. [subtitles, violence]
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17th Annual AIFF
April 12-16, 2018

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