Akira Kurosawa’s transplanting of ‘Macbeth’ into feudal Japan is unfortunately an incredibly uneven film. It’s a visual masterwork, with extraordinary imagery that’s some of the best Kurosawa – and anyone else, for that matter – ever put on film. But its often painfully slow paced, with many scenes that just drag on and on long after having served their purpose. And the histrionic acting style just doesn’t hold up. As important and memorable as it is, it falls short of the masterpiece it should have been.