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Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 15 - Zatoichi's Cane Sword
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Combining violent action with slapstick comedy, Zatoichis Cane Sword is a superb example of samurai filmmaking. The village of Tonda is ruled by violent and unscrupulous yakuza, and Zatoichi takes it upon himself to clean up the town. The film blends brilliant color photography with breathtaking action sequences while offering a look into Zatoichis past, as the blind swordsman learns the origin of his famous cane sword, and discovers it may soon fail in battle
*The entire Zatoichi series includes 26 film episodes. Home Vision Entertainment will release Zatoichi episodes 17, 18 and 19 this August. In an effort to maintain the integrity of this collection DVDs from HVe are numbered in order of movie release. Episodes 14, 16 and 20-26 are not available from Home Vision Entertainment.
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That is the question of "Zatoichi's Cane Sword" ("Zatoichi Tekka Tabi" or "Zatoichi's Violent-tempered Journey"). Through his usual gambling shenanigans, Zatoichi finds himself on the wrong side of a group of local gangsters. Seeking shelter, he hides with an old blacksmith, who reveals the secret of Zatoichi's famous cane sword. It was forged by a master swordsmith, the blacksmith's former master. But Zatoichi has tested the strength of the forging for too long, and the sword will break if it is used again. Zatoichi leaves behind the useless sword as a token or remeberence for the blacksmith's former master, and seeks a new path.
Feeling helpless and weak without his protection, and fearing for his handicap for the first time in years, Zatoichi abandons his violent, wandering life and takes up a position as a masseur in a local inn. All seems well for a short while...but this is a Zatoichi film, and it isn't long before his good heart drags him into the inn's troubles, and he needs to arm himself again.
"Zatoichi's Cane Sword" is a good chambara flick, with all the elements that make the series good film after film. Seeing Ichi brought to a state of helplessness with out his sword is an interesting twist, as is seeing him afraid for perhaps the first time. As always, Shintaro Katsu brings out the heart in the character, and even though the ending comes as no surprise, the journey is a good one.
What is poor Ichi to do? Long the companion of the blind masseur, the cane-sword must now be retired. Further, Ichi decides to give up the sword, and live a straight and narrow life. Really? Well, he tries to anyhow. But this is a Zatoichi movie right? Now, with all these "bad-guys" lurking all over the place how is this possible? Well its not. And when the locals are terrorized who else is there to help? You got it--Zatoichi. Not to let a bad sword stand in his way, there will be plenty of action to go around. Besides being a good drama, and action film, this Zatoichi episode is also a very humorus one as well.
The cinematography and acting are excellent--as usual. This Zatoichi episiode is a true delight. I do not wish to give away too much of this film, because I think that you will enjoy it, whether or not you are a Zatoichi fan. This is a great episode and most highly recommended. [Stars: 5+]
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I've always been an avid Zatoichi fan. For some reason this movie (#15) appears to be the hardest to find, and when you do find a seller the price is out of this world. Read morePublished 14 months ago by S. Nagao
See my reviews for Zatoichi 17, 23, and 25 for brief comments on the excellent sword play dramas starring Shintaro Katsu. Read morePublished 19 months ago by garett t.
A classical story - of greed, duty, and a sword maker. Well, maybe not that classical, but it has all the elements of a wonderful Zatoichi moive. Read morePublished on June 22, 2011 by Michael Valdivielso