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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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Director:
Writers:
Shinobu Hashimoto (screenplay)
Kaizan Nakazato (novel)
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Release Date:
1 July 1966 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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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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Runtime:
119 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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:
Ryunosuke Tsukue:I, Ryunosuke Tsukue, trust only my sword in this world. When I fight, I have no family.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Exhumed (2003) (V)See more »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Not a standard drama!, 15 November 2003
Author: Chung Mo from NYC

I had heard of Sword of Doom for years but never read anything that would have lead me to believe the film was more than above-average.

It is a dense and very Japanese film in it's outlook. It's very jarring when you get to the end as many things are built up in a way that would end in a great duel to the death if this was a Hollywood style film. Fortunately, it isn't. The film takes two wild shifts in the last 10 minutes and the film ends without what you thought was was going to happen happen. I initially wondered why it ended so abruptly but I realized that the filmmakers had a more subtle plan hiding under the shocking final fight. The hints are there, you just can't take what's being said lightly. It has more in common with the usual twists and turns of real life than a contrived drama.

(Update Sept 2005) I just found out that this film was the first installment of a planned trilogy that was never completed. That might explain the abrupt ending but I like my interpretation better since we will never see the intended continuation.

Beside the intensely brutal fight at the end, this film features many corrupt main characters, much like the Italian westerns of the time. This is a tough movie but it's one of the best samurai dramas I've seen.

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