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The Sword of Doom -- 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.

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Shinobu Hashimoto (screenplay)
Kaizan Nakazato (novel)
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Release Date:
1 July 1966 (USA) See more »
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Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A magnificently executed exploration of amorality. See more (58 total) »

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Directed by
Kihachi Okamoto 
 
Writing credits
Shinobu Hashimoto (screenplay)

Kaizan Nakazato (novel)

Produced by
Sanezumi Fujimoto .... producer
Konparu Nanri .... producer
Masayuki Satô .... producer
 
Original Music by
Masaru Satô 
 
Cinematography by
Hiroshi Murai 
 
Film Editing by
Yoshitami Kuroiwa 
 
Art Direction by
Takashi Matsuyama 
 
Production Management
Hiroyasu Tsutsumi .... executive in charge of production
 
Sound Department
Hisashi Shimonaga .... sound effects editor
Shin Watarai .... sound
 
Stunts
Ryû Kuze .... fight choreographer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tsuruzô Nishikawa .... lighting technician
Jun Yamazaki .... still photographer
 
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Also Known As:
"Dai-bosatsu tôge" - Japan (original title)
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119 min
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The abrupt ending of the film is due to the fact that it was originally intended to be the first part in a trilogy of films based on a lengthy Japanese novel. Nakazato Kaizan's 41 volume historical novel focused on the Edo period in Japanese history when the shogunate collapsed and a new government arose that revolved around the Emperor. It was the longest novel in Japan - encompassing 1533 chapters and over 5 and a half million Japanese characters - until the publication of Sohachi Yamaoka's serialized novel "Tokugawa Ieyasu", which is reportedly the longest novel in any language.See more »
Quotes:
Ohama:Yes, do that! That's how you are! Kill Hyoma! Kill everyone! Kill everyone in the world!
Ryunosuke Tsukue:Not everyone...
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Referenced in Exhumed (2003) (V)See more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A magnificently executed exploration of amorality., 5 May 2000
Author: Bessemer (bigboy@seducedandexploited.com) from San Francisco

"Sword of Doom" is an unusual film. Firstly, it is one of the most brilliantly photographed films I have ever seen, in composition, mise en scene, and the play of black and white.

Secondly, "Sword of Doom" is that rare film in which the aim of the director and the power of the lead mesh together to form an unforgettable portrayal.

Tatsuya Nakadai plays Ryunosuke, a skilled swordsman, who, from the opening moments of the film, proves also to be homicidally indifferent to human life. Ryunosuke is a strange and difficult character. His fighting style is passive, and he remains mostly uninvolved, both with the political turmoil surrounding him, and with his family - from his dying father, who fears the evil in him, to his lover (the wife of an opponent he kills) and his child. Nakadai's performance is magnetic, comparable to Montgomery Clift in it's singleminded, unyielding intensity.

While some of the subplots without Ryunosuke aren't quite as compelling, the ending is memorable and disturbing, and the direction will remind in some ways of Orson Wells.

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