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Zatôichi: The Last (2010)

A blind master swordsman attempts to lead a quiet life with his wife but he is provoked back into battle.

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Shingo Katori ...
Ichi
Takashi Sorimachi ...
Ryuji
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Tane
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chieko Baishô ...
Mitsu
Mike Han
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Genkichi
Arata Iura ...
Juzo (as Arata)
Kôichi Iwaki ...
Shimaji
Seishirô Katô ...
Goro
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Toyo (as Youki Kudoh)
Shôken Kunimoto
Nana Nagao
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Tendo
Kanzaburô Nakamura ...
Masakichi
Toshio Shiba ...
Kitagawa
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A blind master swordsman attempts to lead a quiet life with his wife but he is provoked back into battle.

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Completely unnecessary...
27 July 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Up until I saw "Zatoichi: The Last", I thought the final Shintarô Katsu Zatoichi film (returning 27 years after the first film in the series) was the most unnecessary. That 1989 film found the legendary blind swordsman in prison--broken and only a shadow of his old self. Well, in "Zatoichi: The Last" it's even worse. He's not a shadow of his old self...he's simply NOT Zatoichi and it's a film that fan's can't help but hate.

This long and humorless film finds Zatoichi vowing to stop fighting and finally settle down after the murder of his wife. He goes to a crappy village full of farmers and fishermen. Surprise, surprise...soon baddies show up and beat up, rape and rob these poor people. Oddly, though, it sure takes a long time for enough to be enough and for Zatoichi to chop the baddies to pieces. And, since the film has "The Last" in its title, you can pretty much figure out how it's all going to end. No surprises here.

For folks who have never seen the films before this, I'd score this one a 6. It's depressing, overly long but worth seeing. For fans, I'd give this one a Zero if it was possible. This new Zatoichi acts and looks NOTHING like the original. Katsu's version which he played for 31 films was funny at times, likable and grizzled. This incarnation is just not this character in any way. A terrible slap in the face of fans.

By the way, I sure would have loved to have seen Takeshi Kitano return for another Zatoichi film. His 2003 Zatoichi film actually DID capture the spirit of the older films AND infused some freshness as well. So I am NOT against seeing a Zatoichi film without Shintarô Katsu---but the character must be consistent and in the spirit of the original films.


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