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Zatoichi Challenged (1967)

Zatoichi Challenged





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In this Japanese actioner, the brave blind swordsman Zatoichi is assigned to escort a little boy to his father's home. En route he is set upon by five killers. Using his super-sensitive powers of perception, he kills them. Later an enigmatic samurai joins them and helps fight off a second gang. Eventually they make it to the boy's hometown where they discover that the father is being held hostage by smugglers. It is then that the mysterious fighter reveals that he is a government agent assigned to destroy the gang. Zatoichi agrees to help him if the samurai will return the favor. He cannot, and so the sightless fighter challenges the agent to a duel. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama
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The same stuff, done well. Zatoichi is asked by a dying person to fulfill their last request (done before), he must then travel with a child (done before),his rather simple mission soon results in him incurring the wrath of local mobsters and corrupt government officials (done before). It is all done at a high quality, and the emotion is still there. Plus, it also has the best one on one fight so far, a beautifully choreographed and simple effort, where those involved really seem to know what they are doing. A decent entry, but don't expect to be too engrossed.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

This 17th film in the Zatoichi saga is another solid film but several of the premises are repeated from an earlier film inlcuding the fufilling a dying man's last wish, protecting a child, and of course angering the local government entities and bringing upon himself their wrath. Zatoichi Challenged is a lot more fun and lighthearted though as the little boy is older than the previous child, who was literally a newborn baby, and provides some funny and comedic relief in their interactions. While not as original as other films in the series there is still a lot to like here and some great moments to find throughout it's running time.

Chris Browning
Chris Browning

Super Reviewer

An enigmatic samurai repeatedly crosses Ichi's path (with that new sword from the previous film) as the hero becomes saddled with, and attached to, an orphan. Along the way the audience sees yet another morality question: Should the long arm of the law reach for blind, unswerving justice or redemptive morality? The opening song is sung by Katsu-san himself, doing justice to the musicality instilled by his father. Another song is sung by the pop-singer Nakao Mie. This entry has brilliant cinematography, strong secondary stories, and excellent acting by supporting cast. The final showdown is considered one of the best of the series.

The orphan boy Ryota is played by Saitô Shinya - according to the book World Filmography: 1967; page 423.

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