My dad would try to intrigue me with the beheading scene from Throne of Blood and introduce me to the cinematic world of Akira Kurosawa. I was not having it when I was younger. What did a kid need with a gloomy and intense foreign adaptation of Macbeth?
Well, it goes to show, you should always listen to your father, because since then I have grown to admire and appreciate the work of Japan's most important and diligent film maker.
Starring his longtime collaborator Toshiro Mifune, Throne of Blood is known as one of his greatest films and is regarded as one of the best film adaptations of Shakespeare, despite some changes to the original story. It has?been released on Criterion with a new and improved subtitling.