The Sword of Doom Film Still

The Sword of Doom

Kihachi Okamoto

 
The Sword of Doom (Criterion Blu-Ray)

6 Jan 2015

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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  • Japan
  • 1966
  • 121 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #280

Tatsuya Nakadai and Toshiro Mifune star in the story of a wandering samurai who exists in a maelstrom of violence. A gifted swordsman plying his craft during the turbulent final days of shogunate rule in Japan, Ryunosuke (Nakadai) kills without remorse or mercy. It is a way of life that ultimately leads to madness. Kihachi Okamoto’s swordplay classic is the thrilling tale of a man who chooses to devote his life to evil.

Cast

Ryunosuke TsukueTatsuya Nakadai
Toranosuke ShimadaToshiro Mifune
HamaMichiyo Aratama
Hyoma Utsugi Yuzo Kayama
OmatsuYoko Naito
Kamo SerizawaKei Sato
ShichibeiKô Nishimura
Bunnojo UtsugiIchiro Nakatani
Isami KondoTadao Nakamaru

Credits

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring film historian Stephen Prince
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien

    New cover by Aesthetic Apparatus

Film Essays

The Sword of Doom

By Geoffrey O’Brien March 14, 2005

Kihachi Okamoto’s The Sword of Doom is likely to strike the innocent viewer as an exercise in absurdist violence, tracking the career of a nihilistic swordsman from his gratuitous murder of a . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Sword of Doom

By Bruce Eder January 15, 1996

If Akira Kurosawa is the John Ford of Japanese samurai dramas, then The Sword of Doom director Kihachi Okamoto is the samurai film’s Sam Fuller. A specialist in action films, with a particulat . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

The Magnetic Mifune

April 01, 2014


Clippings

Doom Love

February 14, 2011

In a nostalgic piece for the New York Times, editor and journalist Wendell Jamieson has revealed his true love: samurai films. He describes a time when he and his childhood pals would frequent . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Sword of Doom

By Geoffrey O’Brien March 14, 2005

Kihachi Okamoto’s The Sword of Doom is likely to strike the innocent viewer as an exercise in absurdist violence, tracking the career of a nihilistic swordsman from his gratuitous murder of a . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Sword of Doom

By Bruce Eder January 15, 1996

If Akira Kurosawa is the John Ford of Japanese samurai dramas, then The Sword of Doom director Kihachi Okamoto is the samurai film’s Sam Fuller. A specialist in action films, with a particulat . . . Read more »