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The Sword of Doom

Kihachi Okamoto

 
The Sword of Doom (Criterion DVD)

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  • Japan
  • 1966
  • 119 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 trade during the turbulent final days of Shogunate rule—Ryunosuke (Nakadai) kills without remorse, without mercy. It is a way of life that ultimately leads to madness.

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, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien
  • New and improved English subtitle translation

    New cover by Aesthetic Apparatus

Film Essays

The Sword of Doom

By Geoffrey O’BrienMarch 14, 2005

Kihachi Okamoto’s The Sword of Doom is likely to strike the innocent viewer as an exercise in . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Sword of Doom

By Bruce EderJanuary 15, 1996

If Akira Kurosawa is the John Ford of Japanese samurai dramas, then The Sword of Doom director . . . 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 . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Sword of Doom

By Geoffrey O’BrienMarch 14, 2005

Kihachi Okamoto’s The Sword of Doom is likely to strike the innocent viewer as an exercise in . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Sword of Doom

By Bruce EderJanuary 15, 1996

If Akira Kurosawa is the John Ford of Japanese samurai dramas, then The Sword of Doom director . . . Read more »