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 »
Blind swordsman Zatoichi, jailed briefly, is implored by another prisoner to aid him in proving his innocence of a crime for which he is sentenced to death. Zatoichi is reluctant to get involved, because he knows how often such involvement has led to trouble in the past. But events conspire to thrust him repeatedly into involvement, and gradually he comes to believe in the man's innocence and determines to free him. Written by
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This entry in the series is silly at times, but ends with a lengthy and bloody fighting scene.
Zatoichi befriends a charlatan on the road (Hyakutaro). Hyakutaro steals Zatoichi's name and reputation and tries to extort money from local bosses. Zatoichi isn't too pleased when he finds out about the situation, but Zatoichi eventually comes to think better of Hyakutaro. Hyakutaro has a good heart and Zatoichi encourages him to straighten up his life. There are some funny scenes throughout the film.
But in the end, Zatoichi must fight his way through a huge gang of yakuza in order to free Hyakutaro's father, who was wrongly accused of murder. The gangsters employ nets and other contraptions in order to try to take down Zatoichi, but they only succeed in further angering an already dangerous man!
I must admit that the first time I watched the film, I was not very impressed. But after a few more viewings, I have come to better appreciate the acting of both Katsu Shintaro and the actor who plays Hyakutaro.
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