The them, Lady Asaji looks expressionless and does

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peacefulness of Duncan’s arrival scene in the play is fairly and visually
adapted to the movie too. The attendants on horses, carrying game, come through
a footpath between rice fields in a pastoral mood. The women farmers, wearing
straw hats and ragged clothes, bow down along the path. It is reported that
Tsuzuki’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 firm
obedience to him. Among them, Lady Asaji looks expressionless and does not look
prostrate, half raised head, and her glaring eyes fixed to one point, look at
him. Two followers of the North Castle come in with torches and the Lord’s
guards question them. They inform them that their lord Wazhisu’s chamber is
used by our Great lord in this night, so they came to make a bed for their lord
Wazhisu and Lady Asaji in the room called “the forbidden room”/sealed chamber (akazuno-ma), where Fujimaki the former
lord of the castle killed himself to atone his rebellion. It has been kept
closed since then, no scrubbing will cleanse the blood stained floor. The
guards allow them to pass through to the room. The next moment, the torch, held
by one of the followers, points to light a corner of the inside. Out of the
darkness, the eerie large figure of the blood stain on the wooden wall comes
into sight. This image inspires Kurosawa for giving an apt English title for
this classic version. The place where the blood stain spreads is an original
Japanese alcove which used to be an equivalent to a throne. This scene adds
highly symbolic meaning to the film. The bloody throne is shown before Lord
Tsuzuki’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’s
awaiting result of his ambition-death.As tragedy aims to purgate feelings like
pity 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 the
inhuman deeds of Wazhisu. Thomas De Quincey analyzes the reaction of the
audience to the murder of Duncan and in ordinary cases their sympathy towards
the murdered person. The bloody throne effectively evokes horror and terror
among viewers.

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