Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 11 - Zatoichi and the Doomed Man
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"Zatoichi and the Doomed Man" ("Zatoichi sakate giri" or "Zatoichi's Underhanded Obligation") has Zatoichi attempting to clear two names, both the prisoners and his own. The false Zatoichi is leaving a disgruntled populace in his wake, as he sells Zatoichi's reputation to local Mob Bosses, then ditches before the fighting starts. The real Zatoichi, mostly ignorant of this double-play, follows in the impostor's wake, trying to locate the one man who can free his prison companion, doomed to die.
A good flick overall, with the impostor Zatoichi having some really funny comedy scenes, and Katsu Shintaro busting out all of his amazing sword techniques. The Doomed Man himself is a blatant plot-device to get Zatoichi into action, but serves his purpose. Not really epic in scope, or amazing in plot, all the actors do a good job creating a decent character-orientated swordfight flick. You will have fun with this one.
Therefore, Zatoichi must clear not only the man who claims he is innocent, but his name as well. The fake Zatoichi sells himself to local Yakuza bosses and then flees before his services are needed. Upset, Ichi attempts to get to the bottom of all of this while also trying to help the "Doomed Man," in prison. The film is more of a light-hearted fare of the Zatoichi series. The comedic scenes of the fake Zatoichi are humorous; and a break from the more serious-themed Zatoichi episodes is attempted. All in all a welcome break, and a very good film. This is a fun watch and recommended.
As always Shintaro Katsu is wonderfully funny and, sometimes, woefully tragic. His character REALLY would prefer it if he didn't have to kill people and sometimes I think he really wants to get away from humanity. Delightful!
A great film and if you are lucky enough to own a copy count your blessings. It took the grace of God for me to find a copy out there for less than $100! I cannot understand why out of a 26 film series with all other titles available numbers 9 and 11 are the only ones unavailable.
These are great movies. The Zatoichi series is a classic and they should be avaialble for the public without having to pay ridiculous marked up prices.
Please someone, somewhere listen to the fans!
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I am to much a fan to be objective. So all I can tell is buy it and be one too.Published on August 21, 2013 by Guy Emberik
I am a big fan of Shintaro Katsu and if your into samurai movies then check his movies out and see what you think.Published on June 5, 2013 by Bill
I will not bother to write a different review for each Zatoichi movie. I have all twenty six of his movies and have watched all of them multiple times. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by Gerald Berry
What is there to say? If you like the other Zatoichi films then you will enjoy this one. Like all of the other films there is a slight twist to the plot to keep it interesting to... Read morePublished on April 6, 2010 by D. L. Haynes