Zatoichi The Outlaw (1967)

Zatoichi The Outlaw





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Zatoichi arrives in a town where a gambling house is kidnapping its poor patrons. A rival establishment moves to pay those debts and free the peasants, but this house's seemingly altruistic boss is actually laying the groundwork for a ruthless scheme.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
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Written By: Koji Matsumoto, Takehiro Nakajima
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On DVD: Mar 9, 2004
Criterion Collection



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A very hard film to rate as often it feels like many films combined. Some good, some terrible and some brilliant. The pacing was the biggest turn off for me, speeding through some sections and then wallowing on others. The first half of the film is the same as any other Zatoichi film, but it even feels like a remake. We have one very interesting character that arrives and both compliments and rivals Zatoichi. This character is a samurai that refuses to carry a sword. This samurai also inspires vilages to give up on gambling and whores, and to focus on the harvest. He is Zatoichi but without the violence. As it turns out it is Zatoichi's violence that is needed in the end and so we are treated to some excellent metaphors and deep thoughts. In the middle was some of the most uncomfortable slapstick I've ever seen. It was obvious and obnoxious and just didn't feel like part of the film. After this, it then becomes the darkest Zatoichi film, with suicides, decapitated heads and Zatoichi going into crazed killer mode. The ending is great, but to contrast this darkest of endings with the lightest of slapstick was just uncomfortable. In the end we have the most "humourous", most violent, most repetitive Zatoichi film, with some deep themes and glimpses of originality. The right ingredients, but the wrong amounts.

Luke Baldock

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Shintaro is funny, the movies are a bit slow sometimes, but if you pay attention it's fun to watch.

Saskia D.

Super Reviewer


So far the darkest and most ambigous film i have seen from the Zatoichi-Katsu flicks. Zatoichi gets tricked from a powerfull to dispatch people that might had not really deserve it, and so Ichi has to deal with the consequences. Good and bad not always can be that easily defined.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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