The Sword of Doom
The Sword of Doom (1966)

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

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1966
DVD Release Date: March 15, 2005
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Ryunosuke's blank-faced amorality and apparent insanity and the spirited swordplay and Nakadai's athleticism move the viewer along.

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Zach Hines

clean, swift, and brutal

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

A film defined by its meticulously precise construction.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Given a sweeping epic treatment.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...there's no real flow or sense of pacing at work here.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

[A] visually stunning epic.

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Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

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.

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Kase Vollebregt
Though the narrative does not seem to be succinctly charted, 'Sword of Doom' makes up for it by being beautifully photographed and completely… More
Stella Dallas
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… More
Randy Tippy
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… More
Ken Stachnik
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,… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
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… More
Michael Gildea
The first half hour of Sword of Doom is incredibly suspenseful and nothing short of brilliant. Nakadai plays Tsuke incredibly and frighteningly without… More