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The Sword Of Doom [Blu-Ray]

(Dai-bosatsu Tôge) A Samurai Classic

28th November 2017

From 1966 comes the samurai classic The Sword Of Doom, transferred to Blu-Ray and available for all to see in glorious black and white, subtitled or dubbed.

The Sword Of Doom sees Tatsuya Nakadai (Zatoichi: The Last, Burst (TV)) as a man who kills without remorse or mercy and has an unorthodox style which his master calls cruel.

His many kills later come back to haunt him as he goes quite mad lurching from group to group performing kills on samurai for whatever reason is given.

Michiyo Aratama (The Human Condition, The Human Revolution) and Toshiro Mifune (Seven Samurai, Yojimbo) also star in this tale of a man who chooses evil.

Writer Shinobu Hasimoto (Seven Samurai, The Human Revolution) adapted from a novel by Kaizan Nakazato. Nakazato’s novel was the longest ever written at the time containing some 1533 chapters and this goes some way to explaining the abrupt ending to The Sword Of Doom as it was meant to be a trilogy.

This abrupt ending comes at a key time too, which after you’ve invested two-hours and you really want to know what happens, might annoy some people.

However, what won’t annoy you is the directing from Kihachi Okamoto (Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo, Kill!), which is nothing short of brilliant.

I don’t say this lightly but the directing of The Sword Of Doom looks good when compared to today’s standards, so imagine how good it was in 1966.

The way Okamoto frames the early fight scenes, the silence before the attack, close-ups, wide shots and then how, later, he plunges us into the madness with Nakadai is stunning.

Even in black and white the use of lighting is fantastic to see and the action choreography isn’t wasted as we get to see every last inch of blade and every ounce of blood spilled.

The transfer to Blu-Ray is beautiful and you have the chance to watch the film with commentary from Stephen Prince, recorded in 2014, and the trailer.

Sadly Okamoto passed in 2005, but he leaves a lasting legacy and, in The Sword Of Doom, a film that stands out from the crowd of samurai films.

Sure, the story is long and with the abrupt ending you may well feel a little cheated. However, The Sword Of Doom rightly deserves the tag of classic.

DETAILS

   

DIRECTED BY
Kihachi Okamoto

WRITTEN BY
Shinobu Hasimoto

Running Time:
1h 59min

THE QUICK SELL
From 1966 comes the samurai classic The Sword Of Doom, transferred to Blu-Ray and available for all to see in glorious black and white, subtitled or dubbed.

CAST & CREW
Dai-bosatsu toge, Kaizan Nakazato, Kihachi Okamoto, Michiyo Aratama, Shinobu Hasimoto, Tatsuya Nakadai, Toshiro Mifune

DETAILS

   

DIRECTED BY
Kihachi Okamoto

WRITTEN BY
Shinobu Hasimoto

Running Time:
1h 59min

THE QUICK SELL
From 1966 comes the samurai classic The Sword Of Doom, transferred to Blu-Ray and available for all to see in glorious black and white, subtitled or dubbed.

CAST & CREW
Dai-bosatsu toge, Kaizan Nakazato, Kihachi Okamoto, Michiyo Aratama, Shinobu Hasimoto, Tatsuya Nakadai, Toshiro Mifune

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