THE SWORD OF DOOM (Kihachi Okamoto, 1966)

A fine work whose brilliant finale lifts up the whole, Kihachi Okamoto’s Dai-bosatsu tôge—literally, The Pass of the Boddhisattva—thematically revolves around the price exacted by responsibility and the burden of history. Those who classify the protagonist, Ryunosuke Tsukue (Tatsuya Nakadai, excellent), as “evil” or “sociopathic” are being ridiculous: within the film the first adjective is […]