What I Watched, What You Watched: Installment #86


With the NCAA Tournament going on right now it’ a bit harder to find the time to watch movies outside of my normal schedule at the moment. However, I did see one film I loved and hope Criterion will re-release it on Blu-ray and perhaps add some special features, though I am currently tempted to buy the DVD as is.

The Sword of Doom (1966)
QUICK THOUGHTS: I really, really liked this movie. Tatsuya Nakadai, whom I most associate with his role as the gunfighter in Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo among several other Kurosawa features including Seven Samurai, Ran, High and Low, Sanjuro and Kagemusha, but of those his Yojimbo role is damn near iconic. The Sword of Doom, though, is the first non-Kurosawa film he’s been in that I’ve seen and now all I want to do is see more.

Nakadai stars as Ryunosuke, a merciless samurai whose life consists of violence and his own unique morals. Confident, he never turns down a match and often spits in the face of authority up to the day he’s hunted by the brother of one of his victims. Blood is shed and the ending is an all out massacre any fan of classic samurai features is sure to love.

While there isn’t an official trailer available online I think the fanmade version below should suffice. Either way, if you have any love for samurai flicks this is a must watch. I’ve also rushed to my Netflix queue and added Goyokin and Harakiri as well as Samurai Rebellion, which is available on Netflix Instant.

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Now it’s your turn. Anyone check out Sucker Punch this weekend?