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The Sword of Doom (Criterion Collection)

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  • Actors: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Yûzô Kayama, Yôko Naitô, Tadao Nakamaru
  • Directors: Kihachi Okamoto
  • Writers: Kaizan Nakazato, Shinobu Hashimoto
  • Producers: Konparu Nanri, Masayuki Satô, Sanezumi Fujimoto
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: March 22 2005
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0007989YS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,549 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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The Sword of Doom (The Criterion Collection)

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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.

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