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Non-stop action, a deadly love triangle, and a mysterious one-armed samurai round out the second installment in the legendary Zatoichi series. When Zatoichi discovers the lord who has hired him suffers from a madness that -- if made public -- would bring ruin to his empire and the livelihood of the samurai warriors he employs, the blind masseur becomes a wanted man for the secret he now possesses. Attacked at every turn by the crazed lords samurais and hired yakuza thugs, Zatoichi manages to escape relatively unscathed. But in a final duel, masseur Ichi must face his old foe, the infamous one-armed samurai (played by Tomisaburo Wakayama, the brother of star Shintaro Katsu).
The wild success of The Tale of Zatoichi demanded a sequel and star Shintaro Katsu was only too happy to reprise his role as the traveling masseur and blind swordsman. Star Katsu and director Kazuo Mori flesh out the enigmatic Ichi in this outing, creating a more haunted and less conniving character who prefers to keep his identity shrouded and his sword sheathed. Nonetheless the peace-loving swordsman is reluctantly and repeatedly forced to fight when he's attacked by a government goon squad, a gang of hoodlums, and an angry one-armed swordsman whose interest in Ichi is purely personal. This action-packed entry, which ultimately brings our hero back to the site of his previous film for the furious climax, practically revels in the concentrated bursts of Ichi's lightning attack.
The newly restored DVD features a small stills gallery, a fold-out insert with an essay by Tatsu Aoki (a self described "Ichi Freak"), and four collector cards. --Sean Axmaker
A production made within two decades of the end of WWII Zatoichi gives a glimpse into the heart and mindset of Japanese culture before the advent of western influence. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris Barham
Volume 2 could be considered the second half of the pilot for the Zatoichi series. It nicely completes the opening story.Published 7 months ago by Grandpa
The second installment of the long-running Japanese samurai series does not disappoint. When Zatoichi (Shintaro Katsu) discovers that a powerful lord is insane, the lord's... Read morePublished on June 8, 2012 by David Bonesteel
This second film in the Zato Ichi series shows a bit more about Zato Ichi and his background. In this film, which takes place a year after the first one, Ichi is returning to the... Read morePublished on December 30, 2011 by Wave Tossed
Not as good as the 1st but still decent. Story wasn't setup as well, and the "plot twist" was seen coming from a mile away. Short movie as well. Read morePublished on March 13, 2007 by D. Glaze
This is the last black-and-white episode of the Zatoichi films. And like the first episode, we find the protagonist Zatoichi [Shintaro Katsu] returning to the scene of the first... Read morePublished on September 4, 2006 by Ernest Jagger