Kurosawa manages to enclose the narrative of the film with a foreboding and inevitable sense of doom, birthed from its very first shot depicting the fate of the Spider-Web Castle. This feeling steadily increases throughout the film's surprisingly conservative runtime of 108 minutes, with Toshirō Mifune's performance becoming increasingly erratic and explosive. One more Kurosawa film. One more masterpiece
Kurosawa had complete mastery of the medium: any random frame from this film could be hung in a gallery. The first and second encounter with the witch are blood - curdling, and there's a wonderful use of the animal kingdom to create surreal effect. Some scenes do play like a rehearsal for Ran (the business with the head), but this is a masterpiece in its own right
An awesome adaption of Macbeth. There is no attempt to translate Shakespeare's dialogue; rather Kurosawa just took the basic plot and fundamental themes - using the play for his own meditation on ambition, violence and fate. Even in black-and-white the film looked extremely vivid, and the visuals - covered in fog and mist - served to underscore the poetic horror of the unfolding drama. Mifune was impressive as usual.
Atmospheric and different take on "Macbeth" that manage to become even more riveting and interesting than the original play. An excellent Mifune in the main role help and the film has one of the greatest death scenes in movie history. The witch is more comical than scary though.
Încercam să-mi aduc aminte dacă au mai fost cazuri la Kurosawa când răul pornește din cauza unei femei, după asta am realizat că asta-i o ecranizare a Macbeth-ului, așa că toate pretențiile de misoginism se duc la cel mai mare scriitor englez. Și da, aceasta e una dintre cele mai bune adaptări. Din punct de vedere al imaginii - filmul dat e pur și simplu flawless. Masterpiece cinematic din îndepărtatul 1957.
The armor-tight silence as the thread-spinning witch speaks, the death fog filmed in Mt. Fuji, the static sitdowns, it's all so quietly threatening you don't gaze the horror until the pivotal scene, the after-murder as Lady Macbeth removes the spear from her livid husband's hands as his eyes quake. And then the witchghost at the dinners, the treetops seen from the castle, in the silent wind of the walking forest...
Seeing as the meat of Macbeth has already been discussed fairly in-depth, I particularly appreciate that this film has very little in the way of sound, and a fair bit in the way of breathing room, as a counterbalance to the famously dark and gory content. In spite of being an adaptation of Macbeth, the film very easily becomes its own distinctive piece, through its atmosphere and minimal set design.