Cult filmmaker Takeshi Kitano's dazzling new film is a thrilling tale of swordplay and adventure set in 19th Century Japan. Zatoichi is a blind wanderer whose humble facade disguises his prodigious skills as a master swordsman, gifted with a lightning fast draw and strokes of breathtaking precision. Arriving in a remote mountain town, he finds its people terrorised by the ruthless Ginzo gang and their mighty samurai ronin Hattori (Tadanobu Asano), who mercilessly dispose of all who get in their way. With his legendary cane sword at his side, Zatoichi's path is destined for many violent confrontations...
Humm, I'll give it three stars
- Zatoichi review by TE
I'd say it was a watchable outing but it's hardly ground breaking in what happens and not much in the way of a twisty plot either. This is no Harakiri (which is a large measure better).
I hadn't realized that Zatoichi (the character) had a much longer history than this single film which might explain why there's not much in the way of a backstory. Near enough the people turn up and chop each other to bits. These effects are gory enough, though as they are drawn directly onto the frames they are wobbly and are much more comical than special.
Still, it's watchable and a better than sitting through Venom.
Not sure what was going through anyone's mind that there needed to be a dance act at the end though ....