After an artist is threatened by the yakuza into creating valuable but highly illegal pornography, the law aims to execute him. Zatoichi, having been honor bound to protect the man and his family, must now run against the law.
Zatoichi arrives in a town where a gambling house is kidnapping its poor, debt-ridden patrons. A rival establishment moves to pay those debts and free the peasants, but this house's ... See full summary »
Cowritten by star Shintaro Katsu, this adventure pits Zatoichi against one of his most diabolical foes: a blind yakuza boss whose reign of terror and exploitation has made him nearly mythic... See full summary »
Zatoichi comes upon a dying man who asks him to give a bag of money to "Taichi". Zatoichi has no idea who this is but when he comes upon a small town harassed by gangsters, he finds that "Taichi" was the man's young son. Along his travels he also met a blind monk who makes Zatoichi question his murderous lifestyle. In trying to help the town, Zatoichi kills some gangsters and becomes a hero to the boy. He must make a choice of whether to use non-violence and set a good example, or violence and set the boy on the wrong path in life. Written by
Fred Cabral <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I've just started getting into the Zatoichi series, and while I haven't come close to seeing the majority this has so far been the best I've seen yet. It's interesting to get into some of the depth of character of Ichi, and not just the usual righteous swordfights. There's really no flaw in this film, only that if you've seen Zatoichi or any average Samurai flick before it's a little predictable. It doesn't disappoint though, it's highly entertaining and I'd watch it again if I didn't have 25 other Zatoichi movies to pick from. I may just see them all if they're all this good. Zatoichi is a good series, especially if you love swordfights, and is very popular for what it is. If you haven't seen any before, this one probably isn't bad to start with, although there may be better. Oh, and this is the 13nth of the 26 films, if you were confused, but they were all made so close together it really doesn't matter what order you watch them in, it seems. I'm no expert though, not yet anyway.
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