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Dai-bosatsu tôge

Kihachi Okamoto Japan, 1966

Gonçalo Rosas's rating of the film The Sword of Doom

9 - As thematically superficial (though what is there is expertly delivered) as it is masterfully crafted. Every frame is visually impeccable, every movement has purpose and every cut flows. Major props to Nakadai, who portrays a volatile, inhuman husk so well that he looks carved into the scenery more often than not. Lord Mifune has no use for my compliments. What a trilogy this could have been...