The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)
Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0
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Release Date: Apr 18, 1962 Wide
Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 1,808
This Japanese adventure is the first in what would become a long series of films chronicling the many adventures of Zatoichi, the blind gambler and former samurai, who travels the islands of Japan to play dice games, give massages, and right any wrongs he runs across. In this outing, he finds himself trying to stop a terrible gang war in the Shimosa prefecture. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
Apr 18, 1962 Wide
May 14, 2002
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Zatoichi is good but not nearly great with some very effective performances.
Watching this film, I saw elements of some of my favorite filmmakers who followed in its footsteps.
Falls somewhere between the stoic ultra-badness of Lone Wolf and Cub's Ogami Itto, and the sarcastic but good-hearted Yojimbo ... Samurai fans may rejoice
Though The Tale of Zatoichi features a few exciting action sequences, this is more of a moody character study than an outright karate flick.
serves as a good introduction to the character, establishing his major traits and offering a worthwhile narrative
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