Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 3 - New Tale of Zatoichi
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The translation quality of the third volume is improved over the previous two movies. As such, some Japanese honorifics make it into the subtitles and rather than translate Japanese words for brother/sister into character names, they are translated as brother/sister. So that's a big improvement. I hope this trend continues in the next movies.
As for the movie, it is another good one. I'm normally not a fan of old movies, but there is just something about this samurai series that I really enjoy. Shintarou Katsu does a fantastic job as Zatoichi. The sword work is really something to see.
Bottom line: I really recommend this title for fans of samurai anime titles or who are interested in Japanese culture. If you are looking for a pretty good action/adventure flick with a bit of romance (similar to old American westerns), then this may be the title for you.
And these movies are well made they are not those cheap chinese kung fu flicks, but well produced and acted films. They are Japanese films and of much higher quality.Try one you will like it.
And then there's the dazzling use of his sword.
As blind swordsman and itinerate massuer, Zatoichi, the late actor Shintaro Katsu walks you through the bright spots and corrupt dark alleys of Edo period Japan.
In "Massuer Ichi Enters Again" (1963) Zatoichi finds love, meets his old fencing teacher, and characteristically rights some wrongs on the way.
Katsu is definitely in his prime, and the film is a sheer pleasure to watch. (MW)
A Japanese-speaking martial-arts teacher friend of mine knows the films by heart and notes that the early films are more "for fun" but Zato (or his creator) becomes more introspective as the series develops and finally allows Zato to die in the last film.
In "The Blind Swordman's Cane Sword" the opening scene has Zato reacting suddenly to a flight of rooks past his head and slicing two of them into fillets.
"There I go, killing again," Zato says rather sadly. At this point Zato's conscience is beginning to bother him.
He comes into town to see his old master. What happens from there is one of those cases where you know what is gonna happnen, but you just wanna see exactly how it plays out. I have to force myself not to give anything away but even though I would rank this the third best out of three of these movies I have seen, it was certainly the best story overall. Ichi lives by the Yukuza code and doesn't take nothin from nobody. And if he does there is a reason for it, trust me. I know I have said it on my other reviews of these, but these are truly some of the best movies I have ever seen.
I still have to see # 2 in the series but you can tell that they stepped up the action greatly from the first film to this one and I can't wait until I get later into the series:)
For the first color Zatoichi movie the picture is more than good and I dare you to find a better release of this movie than Home Video Entertainment has.
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Swordsmanship, grace & humility give this traveling blind man the Edge!Published 6 days ago by matthew cotton
Zatoichi always tries to skirt trouble but when he is attacted the bad boys go down.Published 4 months ago by Antonzz
Classic Japanese cinema...a must see for Asian history buffs and Japanese film lovers...Published 11 months ago by Tyler
Zaotichi is always the bomb! If you like feudal japanese swordplay, then this is the best! All episodes are up on amazon prime.. great for a binge run..Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer