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Boasting some of the most impressive swordplay in the history of samurai epics, Sword of Doom is a visceral masterpiece of violent style and powerful substance. Illustrating the timeless adage that "an evil soul wields an evil sword," this highly stylized classic is driven by the fierce and fearsome performance of Tatsuya Nakadai as Ryunosuke, a sociopathic samurai whose soul--and sword--are vicious instruments of evil. Having mastered a highly unconventional style of fencing, Ryunosuke welcomes an exhibition match at a fencing school run by master swordsman Shimada (Toshirô Mifune, in a small but pivotal role), where he kills his opponent after promising not to. Flagrantly violating all codes of honor, Ryunosuke eventually finds himself challenged from all sides; even his own henchmen rally against him, and director Kihachi Okamoto stages confrontations that are as beautiful as they are graphically violent. As Ryunosuke descends into pure, bloodthirsty insanity, Sword of Doom ends with a freeze-frame that's unforgettably intense. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Audio commentary featuring film historian Stephen Prince. Trailer. PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien. --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
An epic Japanese Samurai adventure! A gifted Samurai becomes bloodthirsty and devotes his life to evil. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mike Moses
this is not going to be a helpful review, but if you like bloody fun and samurai goodness, this is the movie for you. Also, Tatsuya Nakadai is beautiful, so it's even better.Published on June 16 2011 by myninjaknees
Pretty awesome film! There are ambiguities, but that's what adds to the mystery of it all. Apparently this movie was to have been made into a trilogy, and is based on a series of... Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2009 by Marc-Antoni Tarondo
I really enjoyed the heavy atmosphere and fight scenes in this movie, but was disappointed with the abrupt ending. Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by Bertilak
this film is a classic. the entire aesthetic of the film reminds me of the classic brooding dark film noirs of the forties and fifties. Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by adrian
This movie was much better than I had expected, and have to say that it is one of the better movies that I've seen, and certainly one of the best of the samurai genre. Read morePublished on March 13 2004 by K Scheffler
Dark and brooding samurai film with one hell of an ending. I wonder how the movie might have fared if it had been in color. Whole lot of on screen bloodshed in this one. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2003 by M. Hencke
I am a huge fan of the Japanese Samurai film, and this film is one of the main reasons. If you are a fan of Kurosawa films, you should check this out. Read morePublished on April 18 2003 by Toby Staley
Yes, this is a remake of Kenji Misumi's three part Daibosatsu tôge (1959).
But I doubt that Kihachi Okamoto intended to include all of the story in Misumi's version. Read more