The Sword of Doom (1966)

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Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely.



  • Toshirô Mifune in The Sword of Doom (1966)
  • Tatsuya Nakadai in The Sword of Doom (1966)
  • Tatsuya Nakadai in The Sword of Doom (1966)
  • Tatsuya Nakadai in The Sword of Doom (1966)
  • Michiyo Aratama and Tatsuya Nakadai in The Sword of Doom (1966)
  • Tatsuya Nakadai in The Sword of Doom (1966)

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26 March 2004 | thunderfoot75
| truly great and original piece of film-making
Sword of doom is a truly great and original piece of film-making. As soon as the film had started, and the dark and eerie soundtrack kicked in, I knew I was about to enjoy a gem of japanese cinema. The most original element of the film is that the main character Ryunosuke is a real mean, killing machine, seriously, he is the lead in the film, but whereas in any other samurai/martial arts film he would normally turn up for a few scenes of mayhem, then turn up at the very end for a much deserved death. Well in this film the villain is the lead, Ryunosuke is such an interesting character, that days after watching this film you will find yourself thinking I wonder if... or what if that had happened. Sword of doom is one of those movies that just sticks in your head days after viewing time has ended. It doesn't even matter that the ending comes quite abruptly, that just let's the viewer imagine their own conclusion to the film. Sword of doom is without doubt the darkest and the most mysterious martial arts/samurai film that i've ever had the pleasure of viewing. The action scenes in the film are first rate too, with very believable sword duels. I put this film right up there with the very best that eastern cinema has to offer. 10/10

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