- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 25 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 18, 2005
- Originally Released: 1965
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: This is a new, restored high-definition digital transfer with new and improved English subtitle translation.
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Mono - Japanese
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Essay: by japanese film and pop culture authority Patrick Macias
Performers, Cast and Crew:
After killing one of his own clan's ministers in a reform plan gone awry, proud samurai Gennosuke (Mikijiro Hira) flees his former comrades and, thoroughly shaken, goes to live alone in the wilderness in SWORD OF THE BEAST. There he falls in with a group of illegal miners and a master swordsman named Yamane (Go Kato), who eventually shows him how to recapture his lost honor. Director Hideo Gosha is a master at shooting swordplay, but here he handles the more interior, emotional moments with just as much skill.