Akira Kurosawa's transposition of Shakespeare’s Macbeth to sixteenth century Japan.
After a great military victory Lords Washizu and Miki are lost in the dense cob-web forest, where they meet a mysterious old woman who predicts great things for Washizu and even greater things for Miki's descendants. Once out of the forest. Washizu and Miki are immediately promoted by the Emperor. Washizu encouraged by his ambitious wife plots to make even more of the prophecy come true, even if it means killing the emperor.
Kurosawa renders Macbeth through the conventions of traditional Japanese Noh theatre, features the famous ending, with Toshiro Mifune caught under hails of arrows.
Toshiro Mifune as Taketoki Washizu
Isuzu Yamada as Asaji
Minoru Chiaki as Yoshiaki Miki
Chieko Naniwa as Forest Spirit (Witch)
Hiroshi Tachikawa as Lord Kuniharu Tsuzuki
Akira Kubo as Yoshiteru
Takamaru Sasaki as Kunimaru
Takashi Shimura as Noriyasu
Running Time 105 mins
Main Language Japanese
Release Date 22/10/2001
Number of Discs 1