Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 10 - Zatoichi's Revenge
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"Zatoichi 10: Zatoichi's Revenge" ("Zatôichi nidan-kiri") is a somewhat atypical entry in the long-running Zatoichi series. While it follows the same theme of "Zatoichi comes to town and cleans up the bad guys" theme, the villains are a little worse here, and the 13-year old girl being sold into prostitution is a dark image. Every man in the town appears to be evil, and it is just a matter of degrees. Every woman in the town is a victim.
Zatoichi is lured into the web of corruption due to the murder of his old master, Hikonoichi, and the brothel-enslavement of his virgin daughter, Osayo. Osayo refuses to take customers, and is in a constant state of torture, but Zatoichi, allied with Denroku the Fox who longs to free his daughter, take it upon themselves to rescue the women of the town.
True to the Zatoichi legacy, there are some amazing swordfights here, and Shintaro Katsu shows why he has been able to carry this film series for so long. The battle in the dice-den, the brothel raid, and finally and more amazing, Zatoichi alone against the assembled horde of the corrupt town. It is a defiant and great battle, but makes you wonder what kind of town is left after Zatoichi inevitably leaves. A town without men, at any rate!
And there are lots of artistic scenes. Near the end, while Zatoichi is fighting the gangsters and law enforcement in the streets the film plays a western guitar in the background, giving it a shot-down of the Old West feel to it. I also loved the food vendor scenes in the street. There are only two, but both end up being funny as heck. Flashbacks are also shown in a greyish black&white theme sometimes with the music totally removed, leaving only the sounds that people, or in one case, a sword make. The directors and crew of the series always seem to be testing out new ideas and new tricks.
A well balanced film. Amazing that number 10 is in some ways better than number 1, and as I have all of them, and plan to watch them till the end, so I hope they are all as good as this one. If maybe a tad less depressing.
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This entire series has great story lines that are just as accurate as today.Published 10 months ago by Dan
Blind guy with a sword, who gets drunk and gambles with Yakuza! Then cuts them down! It does not get better then that!Published on August 29, 2013 by michael zitt
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
If your a Shintaro Katsu fan like me then you might like his Zatoichi series, has humor, fighting a good plot.Published on June 5, 2013 by Bill
If you are a Zatoichi fan this is a really good movie to purchase.He rescues the damsel in ditress and he whips the bad guys butt.Published on February 18, 2013 by rocketman1957
This film stands out for its swordsplay, difficult to do considering all Zatoichi films feature superlative swordsplay. Read morePublished on December 28, 2007 by 2metal2dance