All I can say immediately after watching this movie was WOW. It left me speechless. Very good movie staring Tatsuya Nakadai as "Ryunosuke Tsukue" a swordsman who has lost himself to his sword and its thirst for blood. (hence sword of doom). I have only known Tatsuya Nakadai previously from Yojimbo where he plays the prat with the gun. But this movie gave me new found respect for him as an actor. His portrayal as the sociopath "Ryunosuke" with his wide open unblinking eyes, expression and mannerism. The body language in the end when he goes crazy. The sword fight scenes are very good. And the ending. WHOA!!! I will not spoil it for you. Do not read any spoilers and just watch the movie. The ending will leave you speechless.
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The Sword of Doom (1966)
Dai-bosatsu t?ge is a movie starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, and Y?z? Kayama. Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely.
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Ryunosuke is a sociopathic samurai without compassion or scruples. When he is scheduled for an exhibition match at his fencing school, the wife of his opponent begs Ryunosuke to throw the match, offering her own virtue in trade. Ryunosuke accepts her offer, but kills her husband in the match. Over time, Ryunosuke is pursued by the brother of the man he killed. The brother trains with the master fencer Shimada. In the meantime, however, Ryunosuke earns the enmity of the band of assassins he runs with, and it becomes a question of who shall face him in final conflict.
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WOW, the movie left me speechless.Reviewed bymmushrmVote: 9/10
Sword of Doom / Daibosatsu Pass is a fundamentally tonal movie about an inhumanly isolated individual, fencing master Ryunosuke Tsukue, an ostracised man who has become an island, or rather a jagged reef, on which he allows people to be dashed. I think it's quite easy to write him down as either an evil or sociopathic man, however I think the film deals with more complex issues.
Ryunosuke is brimful of disdain. His hatred for the way people are, of how compromised and unworthy people become in order to fit in, is seen in several places in the film. Indeed Ryunosuke's exile arises out of his refusal to compromise and betray his code of fencing for the greater good. Many see his actions as provocative, but, like his fencing technique, Kogen Ittō-ryū, Ryunosuke is fundamentally passive until pushed. I have read people interpreting Ryunosuke's actions before his duel with Bunnojo Utsuki as designed to provoke his opponent, however in my opinion he was merely acting out of contempt for others' capacity for dishonour; contempt for one woman's easy virtue, and another man's illegal tactic.
His worldview reaches perfect expression during his militia's meeting with Lord Kamio, who earns a degree of respect from Ryunosuke, when he honestly and brazenly admits to the audience of hypocritical fanatics he controls, that he is not interested in politics. Serizawa's faction of the Shinsengumi, which Ryunosuke joins, were known as the wolves of Mibu, and are shown in this film as being ambitious agitators operating under an arbitrary flag, with only nominal political pretensions. Incidentally, Serizawa Kamo, and Kondo Isami, both characters in this film, were actual historic leaders of the Shinsen Group.
Every killing Ryunosuke performs in the film can be linked to the death wish of his victim. So despite the ease in which he cleaves flesh, I don't see him as an anarchical madman, more an amplifier of negative behaviour, a quasi-religious force.
The movie has supernatural elements, too late Ryunosuke begins to realise that his life is filled with rather too many coincidences and that he is being driven mad by his own nihilism and its karmic response. Sword of Doom is a hideous film, with a superb central performance from Tatsuya Nakadai. Watch it with the awe that it deserves.
"Sword of Doom" is an unusual film. Firstly, it is one of the most brilliantly photographed films I have ever seen, in composition, mise en scene, and the play of black and white.
Secondly, "Sword of Doom" is that rare film in which the aim of the director and the power of the lead mesh together to form an unforgettable portrayal.
Tatsuya Nakadai plays Ryunosuke, a skilled swordsman, who, from the opening moments of the film, proves also to be homicidally indifferent to human life. Ryunosuke is a strange and difficult character. His fighting style is passive, and he remains mostly uninvolved, both with the political turmoil surrounding him, and with his family - from his dying father, who fears the evil in him, to his lover (the wife of an opponent he kills) and his child. Nakadai's performance is magnetic, comparable to Montgomery Clift in it's singleminded, unyielding intensity.
While some of the subplots without Ryunosuke aren't quite as compelling, the ending is memorable and disturbing, and the direction will remind in some ways of Orson Wells.