Throne of Blood

Throne of Blood


蜘蛛巣城
Kumonosujō
Spider Web Castle

Director Akira Kurosawa
Producer Akira Kurosawa
Sojiro Motoki
Screenplay Hideo Oguni
Shinobu Hashimoto
Ryuzo Kikushima
Akira Kurosawa
Photography Asakazu Nakai
Art Yoshiro Muraki
Sound Fumio Yanoguchi
Lighting Kuichiro Kishida
Music Masaru Sato
Production Companies Toho
Release Date January 15, 1957
Runtime 110 minutes
Poster

蜘蛛巣城
Kumonosujō
Spider Web Castle

Staff
Director Akira Kurosawa
Producer Akira Kurosawa
Sojiro Motoki
Screenplay Hideo Oguni
Shinobu Hashimoto
Ryuzo Kikushima
Akira Kurosawa
Photography Asakazu Nakai
Art Yoshiro Muraki
Sound Fumio Yanoguchi
Lighting Kuichiro Kishida
Music Masaru Sato
Info
Production Companies Toho
Release Date January 15, 1957
Runtime 110 minutes

Washizu and Miki are two generals who serve Tsuzuki, the lord of Spider’s Web Castle. After successfully putting down an insurrection, Washizu and Miki are summoned to the castle to be honored by Tsuzuki. Along the way, the two generals become lost in the labyrinthine Spider’s Web Forest, and encounter an evil spirit. The spirit prophesies that Washizu will become lord of the north garrison, and Miki will take Washizu’s place as lord of the first fortress. Furthermore, Washizu will succeed to rulership of Spider’s Web Castle, as will Miki’s son, Yoshiteru. When the generals finally reach the castle, Tsuzuki promptly promotes both of them according to the prophecy. Washizu’s lady, Asaji, fears that Miki will inform Tsuzuki of the prophecy, and take it as a threat that Washizu will usurp his throne. Washizu tries to sooth his lady but he become increasingly paranoid nevertheless. Tsuzuki appears suddenly, and commandeers Washizu’s post to secure his border, leaving the castle in Miki’s charge. Asaji lures Washizu into her plan to slay Tsuzuki and make the rest of the prophecy come true. Washizu slays Tsuzuki in the night and frames Noriyasu, one of Tsuzuki’s trusted generals. Noriyasu and Tsuzuki’s son, Prince Kunimaru, seek shelter at the castle, but Miki repels them instead. They flee into the forest and align with Washizu’s enemy, Inui.

Miki argues for Washizu to succeed to the rulership of the castle. Washizu intends to name Yoshiteru his heir, in accordance with the prophecy. However, Asaji reveals that she is pregnant with their first child, which throw Washizu’s plans into disarray, making him even more susceptible to Asaji’s schemes. He throws a banquet to celebrate his rulership, but has Miki executed en route. Yoshiteru escapes and joins Noriyasu and Kunimaru. Washizu sees a specter of Miki at the banquet and accidentally reveals his murderous plot. The council of generals begins to grow wary of Washizu’s leadership.

Noriyasu, Yoshiteru and Kunimaru launch a campaign to retake the castle. Asaji delivers a stillborn child and goes mad with guilt over her deeds. Washizu seeks out the evil spirit again to receive guidance, and is told that he will never be defeated until the trees of the forest rise up to fight. Washizu tries to rally his men with the words of the prophecy. On the morning of the battle, the men are astounded to see the trees advancing on the castle through the fog. While it is actually a ploy by Noriyasu to approach the castle unseen, the sight is enough to break the castle’s men and turn them against Washizu. Washizu, now fully exposed as Tsuzuki’s murderer, is fired upon by his own archers and dies.

製作
Producer
黒澤明
Akira Kurosawa

本木荘二郎
Sojiro Motoki
脚本
Screenplay
小国英雄
Hideo Oguni

橋本忍
Shinobu Hashimoto

菊島隆三
Ryuzo Kikushima

黒澤明
Akira Kurosawa
撮影
Photography
中井朝一
Asakazu Nakai
美術
Art
村木与四郎
Yoshiro Muraki
録音
Sound
矢野口文雄
Fumio Yanoguchi
照明
Lighting
岸田九一郎
Kuichiro Kishida
美術監修
Art Supervisor
江崎孝坪
Kohei Ezaki
音楽
Music
佐藤勝
Masaru Sato
監督助手
Assistant Director
野長瀬三摩地
Samaji Nonagase
特殊技術
Developing
東宝技術部
Toho Laboratory
製作担当者
Production Manager
根津博
Hiroshi Nezu
出演者
Performers


三船敏郎
Toshiro Mifune

山田五十鈴
Isuzu Yamada

志村喬
Takashi Shimura

久保明
Akira Kubo

太刀川洋一
Yoichi Tachikawa

千秋実
Minoru Chiaki

佐々木孝丸
Takamaru Sasaki

清水元
Gen Shimizu

高堂国典
Kuninori Kodo

上田吉二郎
Kichijiro Ueda

三好栄子
Eiko Miyoshi

浪花千栄子
Chieko Naniwa

富田仲次郎
Nakajiro Tomita

藤木悠
Yu Fujiki

堺左千夫
Sachio Sakai

大友伸
Shin Otomo

土屋嘉男
Yoshio Tsuchiya

稲葉義男
Yoshio Inaba

笈川武夫
Takeo Oikawa

谷晃
Akira Tani

沢村いき雄
Ikio Sawamura

佐田豊
Yutaka Sada

恩田清二郎
Seijiro Onda

高木新平
Shinpei Takagi

増田正雄
Masao Masuda

浅野光男 (東映)
Mitsuo Asano (Toei)

井上昭文
Shobun Inoue

小池朝雄
Asao Koike

加藤武
Takeshi Kato

高木均
Hitoshi Takagi

樋口迪也
Michiya Higuchi

大村千吉
Senkichi Omura

桜井巨郎
Giro Sakurai

土屋詩朗
Shiro Tsuchiya

松下猛夫
Takeo Matsushita

大友純
Jun Otomo

坪野鎌之
Kamayuki Tsubono

大橋史典
Fuminori Ohashi
特別出演
Special Appearance
木村功
Isao Kimura

宮口精二
Seiji Miyaguchi

中村伸郎
Nobuo Nakamura
流鏑馬指導
Horse Archery Instruction
金子家教(大日本弓馬会範士)
Iori Kaneko (Dainippon Horse Parliament)

遠藤茂(大日本弓馬会教士)
Shigeru Endo (Dainippon Horse Association)
監督
Director
黒澤明
Akira Kurosawa