Thepeacefulness of Duncan’s arrival scene in the play is fairly and visuallyadapted to the movie too. The attendants on horses, carrying game, come througha footpath between rice fields in a pastoral mood. The women farmers, wearingstraw hats and ragged clothes, bow down along the path. It is reported thatTsuzuki’s visit, under the guise of hunting, is for attacking his rival Inui.During his expedition, he commands Miki to take charge of Kumonsu-jo and orders Wazhisu to lead the vanguard of the combat.All his men sitting on the floor bow down to his command, showing their firmobedience to him. Among them, Lady Asaji looks expressionless and does not lookprostrate, half raised head, and her glaring eyes fixed to one point, look athim. Two followers of the North Castle come in with torches and the Lord’sguards question them.
They inform them that their lord Wazhisu’s chamber isused by our Great lord in this night, so they came to make a bed for their lordWazhisu and Lady Asaji in the room called “the forbidden room”/sealed chamber (akazuno-ma), where Fujimaki the formerlord of the castle killed himself to atone his rebellion. It has been keptclosed since then, no scrubbing will cleanse the blood stained floor. Theguards allow them to pass through to the room. The next moment, the torch, heldby one of the followers, points to light a corner of the inside.
Out of thedarkness, the eerie large figure of the blood stain on the wooden wall comesinto sight. This image inspires Kurosawa for giving an apt English title forthis classic version. The place where the blood stain spreads is an originalJapanese alcove which used to be an equivalent to a throne. This scene addshighly symbolic meaning to the film. The bloody throne is shown before LordTsuzuki’s murder by his loyal Samurai warrior. The man who died on the throne,Fujimaki, was a traitor, whose evil deeds didn’t attain success.
Like Fujimaki,Wazhisu is going to do something. Here Fujimaki’s destiny foreshadows Wazhisu’sawaiting result of his ambition-death.As tragedy aims to purgate feelings likepity and fear in viewers, the adapted version should focus on such elements.This scene is suitable for stimulating pity for Tsuzuki’s fall and fear for theinhuman deeds of Wazhisu. Thomas De Quincey analyzes the reaction of theaudience to the murder of Duncan and in ordinary cases their sympathy towardsthe murdered person.
The bloody throne effectively evokes horror and terroramong viewers.