Sword of Doom

Film/Video

Sword of Doom images courtesy of Janus Films.

Sword of Doom

Kihaci Okamoto, 1966

Karate-Robo Zaborgar

Noburu Iguchi, 2011

Kinema Japan

This series takes viewers to Japan, with selections that encompass the entire spectrum of Japanese filmmaking, from samurai classics to sci-fi stunners. Like last summer’s<em>Cinema italiano</em>series, it is intended as an introduction and homage to one of the world’s great film traditions. We’ve included works by some of the most revered Japanese directors, including Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa, and by contemporary filmmakers, including Takashi Miike and Hirokazu Kore-Eda, as well as other films that represent Japan’s vital film history across several eras and genres.

Fri, July 29, 2011 7 PM
Sat, July 30, 2011 7 PM

Tonight's double bill pairs two action-packed martial arts-inspired flicks—one of the greatest sword fighting films ever made and a remake of a 1970s Japanese television show about a secret agent and his Transformer-esque sidekick.

Sword of Doom follows a savage samurai-for-hire (Tatsuya Nakadai) who is haunted by the fear of revenge, not to mention the superior skill of a rival master swordsman (Toshiro Mifune). Shot in stunning widescreen black and white! (119 mins., 35mm)

Karate-Robo Zaborgar depicts an evil secret society, Sigma, and its plan to harvest the DNA of Japan's leader in order to build an “ultimate weapon.” Standing in Sigma’s way: secret agent Yutaka Daimon and his robot motorcycle sidekick, Zaborgar. The film is based on a popular television show of the 1970s, but director Iguchi updates the material for 21st-century audiences with modest (for him) doses of splatterific content. (101 mins., video)

Copresented by Ohio State's East Asian Studies Center.