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Familiar Story, Macbeth—New Context, Noh and Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood

[caption id="attachment_10162" align="alignleft" width="139"] Washizu (Macbeth). (Throne of Blood, ©1957 Toho Company)[/caption] This article explores the effects of Akira Kurosawa’s adoption of Noh conventions through an in depth analysis of Kumonosu-jō (Castle of the Spider’s Web, also known as Throne of Blood, ©1957 Toho Company), an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Traditional Japanese Noh theater is an enigma to many students in other countries. Discussing the influence of N...