ASIAN FILM - News
07:48 - 30th April 2012, by David West

Throne Of Blood And Cymbeline At The Barbican

The Barbican in London has long been a supporter of Japanese culture, bringing kabuki to the capital in addition to the long-running Japanimation screenings, as well as excellent fashion and art exhibitions.

In June, the Barbican will be hosting a special screening of Akira Kurosawa's 1957 masterpiece Throne Of Blood.

Kurosawa's unforgettable transposition of Shakespeare's Macbeth to the ghostly forests and grim castles of medieval Japan is laced with superb performances by Toshiro Mifune in the title role, alongside Isuzu Yamada as Lady Macbeth.

Kurosawa mixes the Japanese with the Jacobean, drawing upon the imagery of Noh in this indelible dark treasure. The screening will be preceded by Japanese film specialist Tony Rayns in conversation with one of the most feted theatre directors in the world, Yukio Ninagawa.

Throne of Blood and ScreenTalk with Yukio Ninagawa will take place on Saturday 2 June, 2pm

For tickets visit the website.

Ninagawa's production of Cymbeline will be at the Barbican Theatre in May and June.

Full of sexual jealousy, tension, intrigue and magic, the play follows Princess Imogen, who has secretly married the lowly Posthumus for love. When the secret is out, she incurs the wrath of her father King Cymbeline, and becomes the target of the dangerous schemings of her evil stepmother.

For tickets to see Cymbeline, which will be performed in Japanese with English surtitles, click here.

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