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Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 9 - Adventures of Zatoichi
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The Japan shown in the Zatoichi movies is not the Japan of Kurosawa and Mifuni.
It is rural Japan made up of small villages controlled by easily corrupted Yakuza bosses. The code of Bushido doesn't apply: any Samurai are usually masterless ronin devoid of any high standards. Crime is common; peasants and bandits survived as well as they could. Life was often miserable.
Zatoichi is a Japanese movie icon because of the acting of Shintaro Katsu. Master Ichi is unique because of his personal code of honor- be kind to those who deserve it, but beware to those who would take advantage of a homeless blind man. He hopes never to have to draw the razor-sharp sword hidden in his cane, but usually has no choice. The sword-fighting scenes are superbly choreographed, realistic, and full speed with no slow-motion slice-and-dice shots.
Watch for the interactions between Ichi and the children he encounters. He respects innocence in any form. Also pay heed to his treatment of the elderly alcoholic beggar called `Gramps' in the subtitles.
Viewers would expect a homeless blindman to be deeply cynical, soured by the misery and evil surrounding him. Zatoichi believes in justice, no matter what life brings him. All the Zatoichi movies are available at Amazon. They are well worth watching. I recommend them highly.
I recommend this film without reservations to young and old alike.
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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
One of the great Zatoichi movie!
Again one of the Zatoichi movie that I love to watch.
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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 have enjoyed Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman for many years. It was on early Sunday mornings. Shintaro Katsu is the actor I love the most for this character, the other falls short... Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Hilda Butler
Zatoichi is a nice guy and agrees to delivery a note to a girl in the inn, an inn which happens to be in the direction he is going. Read morePublished on February 4, 2011 by Michael Valdivielso
Another fantastic entry into the series of 26 films. This is easily one of the best film series ever made. And this film is another 5 star in the series. Read morePublished on February 26, 2010 by The Slasher
Another great entry in the famed Zatoichi series. Fast paced action, great story, and remarkable personality from the ever pleasing Shintaro Katsu as the the famous blind swordman. Read morePublished on November 3, 2009 by Janet