Throne of Blood: Criterion Collection

January 23, 2014

Using Shakespeare’s Macbeth as his jumping off point, Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood (1957) takes a fascinating look at the chaotic swirl of turmoil and treachery that was feudal Japan. The play dealt with notions of civil disorder and battles for... 

Bloody Territories

December 12, 2004

Like the old saying goes, those who live by the sword die by the sword; so do the gangsters who populate Yasuharu Hasebe’s Bloody Territories (1969). It is one of those colourful Japanese gangster (a.k.a. Yakuza) films where the plot revolves around...