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SWORD OF DOOM (1966) - 'Samurai Sundays' in partnership with LEAFF

Sword of Doom (1966)

Sword of Doom (1966)

Sunday 3rd November, Deptford Cinema

Doors open @ 1.00pm, Film starts @ 1.30pm

Tickets: £6.00 Full / £4.50 concessions

director: Kihachi Okamoto

starring: Tatsuya Nakadai

year: 1966

country: Japan

run-time: 120 mins

rating: 12


Another towering performance from the legendary Tatsuya Nakadai (also the lead in ‘Samurai Sundays’ opening film, Harakiri) as Ryunosuke Tsukue, an emotionless, sadistic, and seemingly unbeatable samurai with an unorthodox style. He roams the countryside like a spectre, leaving a trail of destruction and fateful vendettas in his wake.

When he kills an opponent after being illegally attacked during a tournament bout, he flees only to be pursued by several members of the dead man’s clan. Tsukue expertly despatches them all during a stand-out scene set in a misty forest.

After several years of contract killings he finally descends into complete insanity, haunted by the victims of his countless slayings. But will he finally be made to pay for his history of violence?

The ‘Samurai Sundays’ season has been programmed by Peter Blunden, and is kindly supported by the London East Asia Film Festival.

Check out the full ‘Samurai Sundays’ lineup here