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International Title
Throne of Blood
Japanese Title
 蜘蛛巣城
 [Kumonosu-jo]
Production: Toho
Distributor: Toho Japan: 1957
  Time: 109 minutes
 
Initial US Title
 Throne of Blood
US Distributor: Bradon Films (1962) Time: 110 minutes
Alternate Movie Titles:
The Castle of the Spider's Web [Literal Translation]
Akira Kurosawa's The Throne of Blood [Japanese English Title]


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Details
Against formidable odds, generals Taketori Washizu and Yoshiaki Miki win a key battle for their emperor. The two are summoned to report after the victory, but get lost in a maze-like forest called Spider's Web outside the lord's castle. In the twisting woods, the generals meet a spirit that predicts that Washizu will one day rule the castle and Miki's son will be successor to the throne. After the spirit vanishes, the two navigate through the woods to the castle. The emperor then rewards them both with promotions, as they begin to wonder about the truth behind the prophecy they were told earlier. Washizu's wife, Asaji, believes her husband is destined to rule, encouraging her husband to secure the thrown for himself and their unborn child... regardless of if blood must be shed to make it happen.

Staff
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Writing credits Akira Kurosawa, Ryuzo Kikushima, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, William Shakespeare
Produced by Akira Kurosawa, Sojiro Motoki
Music by Masaru Sato
Cinematography by Asakazu Nakai
Film Editing by Akira Kurosawa
Production Design by Yoshiro Muraki, Kohei Ezaki
Assistant Director Hiromichi Horikawa
Director of Special Effects Eiji Tsuburaya
Cast
Taketori Washizu Toshiro Mifune
Lady Asaji Washizu Isuzu Yamada
Noriyasu Odagura Takashi Shimura
Yoshiteru Miki Akira Kubo
Kunimaru Tsuzuk Hiroshi Tachikawa
Yoshiaki Miki Minoru Chiaki
Kuniharu Tsuzuki Takamaru Sasaki
Washizu's Workman Kichijiro Ueda
Elderly Woman at the Castle Eiko Miyoshi
Spirit of Spider's Web Chieko Naniwa
Military Commanders Kokuten Kodo, Nakajiro Tomita, Yoshio Inaba
Washizu Samurai Yu Fujiki, Sachio Sakai, Shin Otomo, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Senkichi Omura, Akira Tani, Ikio Sawamura, Yutaka Sada
Miki Party Members Takeo Obugawa, Seijiro Onda
Commanders Shinpei Takagi, Masao Masuda, Shiro Tsuchiya, Takaeo Matsushita, Jun Otomo
Servants Kyoro Sakurai, Akifumi Inoue, Kaneyuki Tsubono
Guard Assigned to Kill Yoshiteru Miki Takeshi Kato
Tsuzuki guard Hitoshi Takagi
Samurai Fuminori Ohashi
Phantom Samurai Seiji Miyaguchi, Nobuo Nakamura, Isao Kimura
- Gen Shimizu
Monster Appearances Aliens, SDF, Misc
None Spirit of Spider's Web

Posters

DVDs and Blu-Ray
Region 1 Throne of Blood Criterion (2003)
Region 1 Essential Art House: Throne of Blood Criterion (2009)
Region 2 Spider Web Castle Toho (2003)
Region 4 Throne of Blood Madman (2005)
Blu-Ray Throne of Blood Criterion (2014)

Reviews
Anthony Romero
June 20, 2003