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A.k.a.
The Sword of Doom
Year
1966
Runtime
119 min.
Director
Kihachi Okamoto
Genres
Action, Drama
Rating *
8.0
Votes *
7,745
Checks
1,268
Favs
197
Dislikes
6
Favs/checks
15.5% (1:6)
Favs/dislikes
33:1
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  1. Unit 731's avatar

    Unit 731

    天皇陛下!バンザイ!

    Absolute dynamite. One of the finest samurai films there is. It is unique, and from the looks of it, unseen and under-appreciated by many.

    The film has everything. Tatsuya Nakadai and Toshiro Mifune together, thrilling sword-fighting scenes and a surprisingly deep and branching storyline. There are sub-plots, that you'd think don't amount to nothing, but they do, after you give some thought to it. And it is all presented in a very interesting way.

    Nakadai's character is the centerpiece of the film and what a sublime character it is. It is rare to see a movie revolve around a character like that, and he isn't even some generic villain. Nakadai's performance is one of his greatest, only a notch below his role in Seppuku and Human Condition. Toshiro Mifune has a relatively small role, but it is important nevertheless.

    After doing some research, there was apparently going to be two more films involving the same characters, but they never came to be. So we are left to analyze the ending as a stand-alone, and I think the ending indeed is fantastic and completes this masterpiece. The movie has a nihilistic statement and the ending seems to be the embodiment of that.

    quote:
    The sword is the soul. Study the soul to know the sword. Evil mind, evil sword.
    4 years 7 months ago
  2. DaztheDestitute's avatar

    DaztheDestitute

    The ending was amazing. Absolutely amazing. 3 years 8 months ago
  3. hanseco's avatar

    hanseco

    One of the greatest movies of all time. 7 years 3 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #25 in Patrick Galloway's guide to samurai films
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  2. This movie ranks #140 in iCheckMovies - Most Favorite
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  3. This movie ranks #303 in The Criterion Collection
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