Fog, wind, trees and mist express the ghostly paranoia of a wily, crazed Samurai bonded to Spider’s Web Castle. Director Akira Kurosawa transposed Shakespeare’s Macbeth to Japan’s Middle Ages, and with that made the fullest realisation of the play’s horror, the surging energies that no theatre stage could ever contain. Gawp as the creeping forest moves before your eyes, shiver as the spectral spirit whispers of the future while weaving, thrill at Kurosawa’s longtime collaborator, the mighty Toshiro Mifune - electrifying in battle action; crazy in close-up.

Screening as part of Japan 2021: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema is a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network.

Throne of Blood - original Japanese film poster