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The Sword of Doom (1966)

Dai-bosatsu tôge (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 1 July 1966 (USA)
Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely.

Director:

Kihachi Okamoto

Writers:

Shinobu Hashimoto (screenplay), Kaizan Nakazato (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Ryunosuke Tsukue
Michiyo Aratama ... Ohama
Yûzô Kayama ... Hyoma Utsuki
Yôko Naitô Yôko Naitô ... Omatsu
Tadao Nakamaru Tadao Nakamaru ... Isami Kondo
Kei Satô Kei Satô ... Kamo Serizawa
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura ... Shichibei, Omatsu's 'uncle'
Ichirô Nakatani ... Bunnojo Utsuki
Kunie Tanaka ... Senkichi
Toshirô Mifune ... Toranosuke Shimada
Ryôsuke Kagawa Ryôsuke Kagawa ... Dansho Tsukue
Kamatari Fujiwara ... Omatsu's grandfather
Hideyo Amamoto ... Shuzen Kamio
Akio Miyabe Akio Miyabe ... Toshizo Hijikata
Yasuzô Ogawa Yasuzô Ogawa ... Yohachi
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Storyline

Ryunosuke is a sociopathic samurai without compassion or scruples. When he is scheduled for an exhibition match at his fencing school, the wife of his opponent begs Ryunosuke to throw the match, offering her own virtue in trade. Ryunosuke accepts her offer, but kills her husband in the match. Over time, Ryunosuke is pursued by the brother of the man he killed. The brother trains with the master fencer Shimada. In the meantime, however, Ryunosuke earns the enmity of the band of assassins he runs with, and it becomes a question of who shall face him in final conflict. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 July 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sword of Doom See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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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You might even call him evil.
2 September 2005 | by Golgo-13See all my reviews

A classic Samurai picture that is as confusing as it is violent. Ryunosuke Tsukue is the main character, a Samurai with a dark and merciless nature. You might even call him evil. The path he takes (with multiple subplots that don't always seem to be resolved) leads him to madness. The confusing aspects may be due to the fact that there were supposed to be sequels, as well as the fact that the story was a famous one in Japan and hence, certain parts were to be assumed by that audience. Nonetheless, it was still a fairly compelling watch, especially with the action, a precursor to the violence in such films as the excellent Lone Wolf and Cub series. Hands and fingers are cut off, blood is shed, and the climatic ending features a body count along the lines of The House of Blue Leaves!


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