Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Toshirô Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura. 110 min. Unrated. Japan. Drama.
Any version of the Macbeth tale is innately a delight (similar to the effect Les Miserables always has), and Kurosawa's take on it is even more worthy of consideration. His "Japanized" view of the story, especially at specific moments (the spirit who offers the prophecy, the ghost showing up at the banquet) makes this version most memorable, and even to some point eerie. Don't let the movie's 50 year age trick you into brushing it aside.