Zatoichi tries to unrest the mob rule over a small village all while the gang leader's bodyguard is actually the Yojimbo, secretly taking the gang down from the inside. Will the two heroes realize in time that they are on the same side?
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.
Blind masseur and master swordsman Zatoichi finds a robbed and fatally wounded pregnant woman, whose baby he delivers before she dies. He takes the baby in search of its father and finds the child's aunt, who is about to be forced into prostitution for want of a payment the dead mother was bringing. Zatoichi determines to save the woman from her fate.Written by
Jim Beaver <email@example.com>
Zatoichi gets another baby and another excellent film
Only two more films before the end of a 25 entry series. You would think that after 11 years the final films would be tired and derivative but this film belies that assumption. While reusing some elements from previous films, the baby for example, this film is an excellent combination of humor, drama and action with the usual Zatoichi world view. It should be remembered that at the time these films would rarely get shown again so the film makers felt comfortable reusing themes. Soon after this Zatoichi moved to television where they really reused the stories and themes from the movies.
Zatoichi chances upon a pregnant woman who unknown to him has just been attacked and had her gold stolen. She goes into labor and Zatoichi helps deliver the child but the woman dies from her wound. Zatoichi goes to bring the child to his father and of course finds himself in the middle of a town being invaded by yakuza. Zatoichi is compelled to help the child's family and control the ruthless yakuza.
There's nothing unusual about the plot, it's the details that make this film so wonderful. The characters are all colorful and interesting. There an elderly constable and his good-for- nothing son, a group of wacky festival performers, a mysterious child who pelts Zatoichi with rocks, the required master swordsman to challenge Zatoichi and the sleazy yakuza. The film is well paced, but the first action is not until 30 minutes into the film. However it's well worth waiting for. Unlike the previous film that had Zatoichi caring for an infant (which is a very good film), he doesn't get attached to this one and it's pretty much out of the plot half way thru.
Recommended for all Zatoichi fans, newcomers might want to try an earlier film first.
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