TAS: Sword of Doom – Toshiro Mifune Vs. Assassins


This seminal entry by director Kihachi Okamoto features a brief interlude between the characters played by Toshiro Mifune and Tatsuya Nakadai. Encountering a group of suspicious men, Nakadai’s Ryunosuke observes the men make a fatal error when they mistakenly attack a palanquin with the formidable Toshiro Mifune. Mifune makes quick work of the would-be killers and against a haunting score, displays a skill to counter Ryunosuke’s ferocity. While we never get a chance to see these two go at it in the film, this scene remains one of the most memorable in either actors’ prolific careers.

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