Classic Japanese cinema fans rejoice, the fine folks over at Criterion have announced a Blu-ray & DVD release of Kihachi Okamoto’s 1966 film The Sword of Doom. You can watch it on-demand right now. You can pre-order the physical media here. The Sword of Doom hits the streets January 6, 2015!
Synopsis: Tatsuya Nakadai and Toshiro Mifune star in the story of a wandering samurai who exists in a maelstrom of violence. A gifted swordsman plying his craft during the turbulent final days of shogunate rule in Japan, Ryunosuke (Nakadai) kills without remorse or mercy. It is a way of life that ultimately leads to madness. Kihachi Okamoto’s swordplay classic is the thrilling tale of a man who chooses to devote his life to evil.
- New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
- Audio commentary featuring film historian Stephen Prince
- An essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien
- New cover by Aesthetic Apparatus
The Sword of Doom has a run time of approximately 120 minutes and is not rated.
Starring Toshiro Mifune & Tatsuya Nakadai, Directed By Kihachi Okamoto.