In the 1840s, Ichi, blind masseur and quick-draw swordsman, travels to the village of Itakura to pay his respects at the grave of Kichizo, a man he killed two years' ago. The villages in the area, after several years of famine, have struggled to raise 1,000 ryo in taxes they owe. The money is stolen while in transit to the governor. Ichi is accused as is Boss Chuji, a samurai Ichi respects. Ichi sets out to find the money and clear his own and Chuji's names. Along the way, he must face Kichizo's sister, some of Chuji's own gang, a corrupt governor, and his henchmen. Loyalties shift even as Ichi's moral compass stays true.Written by
Wait. Don't go yet. Go back with me and beat the drum for us again. Please don't leave without first seeing the joy on everyone's faces.
See the joy on their faces? That'd be a pretty good trick for a blind man.
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This entry has a lot to offer—to Zatoichi veterans and newbies alike
The Zatoichi series take a huge jump upward with this entry. Everything also falls into line -- you can tell people in front of and behind the camera had really hit their stride.
This film offers more action that the previous entries, as well as stunning cinematography and gorgeous production values. Another bonus -- the appearance of Katsu Shintaro's real-life older brother, Wakayama Tomisaburo. It's as if the box office performance of the previous films justified bringing out the big guns this time.
If you're new to Zatoichi and wondering with which film to take the plunge, then "Chest of Gold" is definitely worth your time.
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