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The Sword of Doom

The Sword of Doom (1966)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1966 Wide

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In this epic Japanese samurai adventure, a bloodthirsty young fighter (Tatsuya Nakadai) kills a man in competition and is pursued by the slain warrior's brother. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Mar 15, 2005

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Given a sweeping epic treatment.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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[A] visually stunning epic.

July 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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clean, swift, and brutal

May 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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...there's no real flow or sense of pacing at work here.

April 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (3)
Reel Film Reviews

Open-minded viewers will be treated to a gripping work of style and tension - an expression of rage and conditioning that's remarkably vicious for a 1960s adventure yarn.

March 30, 2005 Full Review

A film defined by its meticulously precise construction.

March 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for The Sword of Doom

A sociopathic swordsman hacks and hews his way toward his inevitable undoing, or so it seems. Director Okamoto expertly builds both tension and tempo as his samurai epic progresses, but be aware that the ending is rather odd and anticlimactic.
February 25, 2012
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Randy Tippy

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Tatsuya Nakadai in one of his most impressive performances in this nihilistic samurai film were doom indeed seems to be the only option for Ryonosuke, and everyone around him.
May 21, 2011
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Tsubaki Sanjuro

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outstanding! this tale of a psychotic samurai ends rather abruptly as it was meant to be pt. 1 of a trilogy. we can only imagine how that would have turned out but pt. 1 is pretty freakin fantastic. awesome performance by tatsuya nakadai, many incredible fight scenes; the sword is the soul! i wish i could give it more stars :((
May 1, 2008
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Stella Dallas

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Ryunosuke Tatsue would f@*k Anton Chigurh in prison.

This movie is amazingly bad ass. The camera work i's like the love child of Kurosawa and Leone, simply incredible.

A must see
March 6, 2008
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