Wandering samurai Ryunosuke lives his life in a maelstrom of violence. A gifted swordsman applying his trade during the turbulent final days of Shogunate rule-he kills without remorse, without mercy. It is a way of life that ultimately leads to madness. The Criterion Collection is proud to present director Kihachi Okamoto's swordplay classic The Sword of Doom, the thrilling story of a man who chooses to devote his life to evil.
Directed by Kihachi Okamoto (Samurai Assassin, Kill!, Warring Clans) and starring Tatsuya Nakadai (Yojimbo, Kagemusha, The Bad Sleep Well, Ran), Toshiro Mifune (Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Throne of Blood, The Hidden Fortress), Michiyo Aratama (Enjo, Human Condition, Kwaidan, Early Autumn), and Yuzo Kayama (Red Beard, Sanjuro, Scattered Clouds). Based on the novel by Kaizan Nakazato.
Spoken Languages: Japanese, English Subtitles.