The Sword of Doom (1966)
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Critic Reviews for The Sword of Doom
Ryunosuke's blank-faced amorality and apparent insanity and the spirited swordplay and Nakadai's athleticism move the viewer along.
...there's no real flow or sense of pacing at work here.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Sword of Doom
Though the narrative does not seem to be succinctly charted, 'Sword of Doom' makes up for it by being beautifully photographed and completely engaging, leading to a fiery climax that doesn't let up.
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.
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.
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