The Sword of Doom (1966)

The Sword of Doom




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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

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Action & Adventure
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On DVD: Mar 15, 2005


as Ryunosuke Tsukue

as Toranosuke Shimada

as Hyoma Utsuki

as Bunnojo Utsuki
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Critic Reviews for The Sword of Doom

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Given a sweeping epic treatment.

Full Review… | January 18, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

[A] visually stunning epic.

Full Review… | July 1, 2006
Goatdog's Movies

clean, swift, and brutal

Full Review… | May 5, 2005

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.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


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.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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 :((

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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