Adventures of Zatoichi (1964)
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Critic Reviews for Adventures of Zatoichi
A fun piece of samurai pulp from a dependably entertaining series.
Audience Reviews for Adventures of Zatoichi
While not one of the best of the Zatoichi series, most consider it one of the lower points, it's still a good film and one that touches a little on Ichi's past a little bit as well. There are several famous Japanese comedians present in the film that add to the comedic vibe and give us some relief from the serious drama and add some amusing slapstick too. Adventures of Zatoichi isn't one of the best but is still another sounds Zatoichi film in the series with it's usual charms.
Adventures of Zatoichi once again sticks to the tried and tested formula, while adding characters and memorable moments. Unlike some of the other additions, it doesn't expand on the style. This results in the film fading amongst the others. The moments that really stand out are when Zatoichi interacts with the colourful locals. A comedy duo and a pair of acrobat kids allow Zatoichi to evolve, ever so slightly, as a a character. The sword play is some of the best, especially from Katsu, but after 9 films you'd expect that from the man. It does make more reference to Zatoichi as a gangster, or at least ex-gangster, which raises interesting questions for other installments. It also has a lot of themes revolving around family, with missing fathers and accused brothers. Another wonderful installment, but you must have a taste for the formula or it will fall flat.
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