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Sword of the Beast

1965 1h 25m Drama Action List
Reviews 89% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Betrayed by his masters, a swordsman (Mikijirō Hira) goes on the run and finds solace with a band of outlaws. Read More Read Less

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allan h Couldn't take my eyes away from the screen. Saw it in a theater before dvd,s. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Movies such as this are used to promote American individualism over the Japanese sense of morality where one defer oneself to the greater good of society. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review s r A slow moving drama with plenty of swordplay. The forbidden gold aspect to it made helped develop the plot. Sadly, the music distracted and I didn't particularly care about the future of most characters. Saw it on TCM. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a dope little gem of a samurai movie. It definitely has that '60's vibe-- much more wild, gritty, and sexual than older black-and-white films of the genre. The darker protagonist and fuller characters are reminiscent of it's Spaghetti Western counterparts from the same time period. Instead of 'white hat vs. bad guys,' everyone has a degree of good and evil in their soul. The film is visually appealing as well in terms of attractive actors and great natural landscapes. With a short run time it's a fun little trip. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member A Japanese B movie...interesting...but lacks the depth of more serious Japanese productions Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Sword of the Beast is a beautifully told and intricately crafted story of beasts and men. The action scenes are brilliant, although not as gory or technically impressive as Gosha's other films. But his flair for simple stark photography and menacing music is indeed present. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Betrayed by his masters, a swordsman (Mikijirō Hira) goes on the run and finds solace with a band of outlaws.
Director
Hideo Gosha
Screenwriter
Hideo Gosha, Eizaburo Shiba
Genre
Drama, Action
Original Language
Japanese
Release Date (DVD)
Oct 25, 2005
Runtime
1h 25m