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Like Phantom 2040, Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century and Defenders of the Earth. This film puts a classic hero in a future setting and does a OK job.
this movie is NOT played by Shinta Katsu who died in 1997. Even the last Zatoichi movie played by Katsu in the 90s is pitiful since he show his age by then. All other Zatoichi movies are made in the early 60s. This new guy needs charm school as much as sword practice to pull off the guise. At last it's wholesome family entertainment again, like back to Errol Flynn, a fast-action drama, where the speediest vehicle is a horse. It's a story with historical significance in a picturesque setting, a vacation from those cops, drug lords and heliocopter chases. A fun, "safe" show for kids and old people this is like a TV show from the old days, only in color and with scads of stuntsmen and special effects.
The problem? The overall tone of the movie was less "serial-movie-Zatoichi", and more "raiders of the lost ark-ish". Let's face it, the old Zatoichi serials rocked, and you could tell that some committee in Hollywood decided to simply pump cubic money into FX, at the cost of losing the sense of realism, and ergo, audience buyin. The prison-labor mine scenes were simply lacking in normal intelligence. And while we're at it, every scene lacked the dry, muted colors of Spaghetti Westerns, and instead SCREAMED "hollywood backlot". This movie is similar to a Merry-go-round: you pay for a ride, same-old-same-old goes by, nothing new, no pathos, no thought, no inspiration... so enjoyable.
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