The Sword of Doom (1966)




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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
Action & Adventure , Art House & International
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Tatsuya Nakadai
as Ryunosuke Tsukue
Toshiro Mifune
as Toranosuke Shimada
Yuzo Kayama
as Hyoma Utsuki
Ichirô Nakaya
as Bunnojo Utsuki
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Critic Reviews for The Sword of Doom

All Critics (8)

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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | September 25, 2005
AV Club
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Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
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Ryunosuke's blank-faced amorality and apparent insanity and the spirited swordplay and Nakadai's athleticism move the viewer along.

Full Review… | February 11, 2016
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

This great existential samurai political thriller receives a wonderful new audio commentary that nearly serves to distract from the disappointment of the image transfer, which is sporadically gorgeous, but inconsistent.

Full Review… | January 9, 2015
Slant Magazine

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.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

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
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
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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