Japanese drama based on William Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’, directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada and Minoru Chiaki. In the aftermath of their victory in battle, commanders Taketoki Washizu (Mifune) and Yoshiaki Miki (Chiaki) are confronted by a mysterious spirit which prophesies their rise to power. Though at first they dismiss this prediction, Washizu finds himself pushed into prominence by his ambitious wife while Miki and his descendants also gain more and more power. But as they steadily rise, their ambition and growing lust for power begins to take its toll.
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