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 »
Star Shintaro Katsu sits in the director's chair for this psychedelic and unremittingly bleak entry in the Zatoichi series, which is unlike any other in its grind-house grimness. A tale of ... See full summary »
Zatoichi comes upon the town of Tonda, overrun by gangsters. Using one of his favorite techniques, Zatoichi proceeds to win 8 ryo in a rigged gambling game. Of course, the local gangsters attempt to kill him, and the adventure begins. It turns out a blacksmith named Senzo examines Zatoichi's cane sword, and discovers it to be forged by his old mentor. Senzo discovers the sword is at the end of its usefulness and will break when it is used next.... Written by
Matt Hartley (int1)
This is another fine performance by Shintaro Katsu. First he gets a ride with a group of traveling performers. The woman singing the song had such a beautiful voice, she sounded like a professional singer. Then, he befriends a swordmaker, who tells him that his sword is about to break after another kill. So Zatoichi reluctantly gives him his sword, and has to fight only using a bamboo cane. The best part of the movie is when he does his song and dance routine about the ducks. He looked so goofy wearing that scarf around his head. It made him look like a woman. It was SO funny, I could not stop laughing even after that scene was over.
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