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With 25 film sequels and upwards of 100 TV episodes, Shintaro Katsu is the legendary Zatoichi! Hes a low-ranking blind masseur who lives by the Yakuza code and answers his foes with a deadly cane sword. By far one of Japans most time-honored screen personas, Zatoichi is to this day the ultimate everyman anti-hero.
Zatoichi and the Chess Expert is a visual feast of swordplay and relentless action. The blind swordsman befriends a wandering, chess-loving, battle-thirsty samurai and helps a young girl who has been accidentally wounded in a brutal sword fight. This spectacular film, photographed in gorgeous color and directed by samurai specialist Kenji Misumi, shows Zatoichi at his best: battling rival yakuza and angry relatives seeking retribution.
I liked it because it brought a different element with that samurai being a chess master. I also liked the part where they are playing a game of chess and the samurai asks Zatoichi... Read morePublished 18 months ago by D. Clark
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
Zatoichi runs into a chess playing Samurai, people seeking revenge against a chess playing samurai, people seeking revenge against him, and you can picture on how this movie is... Read morePublished on February 6, 2011 by Michael Valdivielso
The chess player is not as central to the story as Zato's own internal conflict over his gangster lifestyle, which causes the near death of a young child. Read morePublished on December 28, 2007 by Metal2Reggae
As a lover of all zatoichi films, some are better the others. This is an excellent one. The title in a way indicates the detail put into each incident/scene. Read morePublished on July 21, 2007 by Mr. CP Davies
Director Kenji Misumi did a great job with character development in this 12th Zatoichi outing. As with many of the films he did with Shintaro Katsu [6 in all] I noticed he did a... Read morePublished on September 2, 2006 by Ernest Jagger