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Zatôichi: The Last (2010)

A blind master swordsman attempts to lead a quiet life with his wife but he is provoked back into battle.

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Credited cast:
Shingo Katori ... Ichi
... Ryuji
... Tane
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chieko Baishô ... Mitsu
Mike Han
... Genkichi
Arata Iura ... Juzo (as Arata)
Kôichi Iwaki ... Shimaji
Seishirô Katô ... Goro
... Toyo (as Youki Kudoh)
Shôken Kunimoto
Nana Nagao
... Tendo
Kanzaburô Nakamura ... Masakichi
Toshio Shiba ... Kitagawa
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Ichi has given up his cane sword and his former life as a traveler in order to settle down with his loving wife Tane in his home village. However, his plan to live the quiet life is interrupted when he learns that the Tendo clan has taken over the village and are constantly harassing locals. Soon, a group of farmers come to Ichi and beg him to help his own village like he's helped countless other villages in travels. Written by Sonja Pavkovic

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Modern but not the best remake of Zatoichi
3 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

I don't understand what "The Last" stands for in this movie's title. Maybe its predicting that this is the very last Zatoichi movie that will be made ? Who knows, but it's unlikely that this would be the last time popular character of Zatoichi will ever appear on screen.

Shingo Katori's version of Ichi lacks the creepiness of Shintaro Katsu, and Takeshi Kitano's version, but has much more modern looks and feel to it. Consequently, he appears too nice, and couldn't infuse enough menacing character to the role. The fault in my opinion is not with Katori, but the casting director who've cast Katori for this role. Katori is a good actor, but his strength is in more modern roles, or if he was 10 years older, he would have looked more the part.

The story wasn't so intriguing either. It didn't have to be a Zatoichi's movie to tell this story. The grittiness of the original is missing, and lacks the feeling of the downtrodden in the society. The transformance from the downtrodden to the super swordsman of usual Zatoichi movie is also lacking. What's too many of in this movie is senseless thrashing of people by the bad guys..

So while acceptable, the movie turned out to be mediocre in many ways, and can only be recommended for viewing by a die hard Zatoichi fans.


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