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Sword of Doom


Sword of Doom images courtesy of Janus Films.
Sword of Doom
Kihaci Okamoto, 1966

Karate-Robo Zaborgar

Noburu Iguchi, 2011
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.

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