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½ June 2, 2014
Another Twilight samurai, with the famous Zatoichi, nonetheless. Great presentation, but this time, perhaps, too much intimacy got in the way of the sword.
½ May 8, 2013
what a messy movie. not recommended to anybody who's a fan of Zatoichi
½ May 1, 2013
Wrong Picture from Kitano's version and this is just bad in my eyes.
September 29, 2011
I am very disappointed with the ending, and the film overall brings shame to the original movies/series.
June 21, 2011
What a shame. With the Zatoichi brand being so solid, it's a shame the follow the amazing "Blind Swordsman" with this. This movie just doesn't have the same polish as the others. Fight choreography is lacking as well.
½ April 11, 2011
Film número 29 dentro de la legendaria saga Zatoichi
February 12, 2011
This was AWFUL!!!!!!!
February 12, 2011
Hopefully not.

Supposedly the last in the now 29 Zatoichi movies, it's strong neither in lead performance, nor as a reinvention, nor as a competent chanbara film. Shingo Katori has a likeable presence but not the weight, or roguish charm for this long standing character, even the set pieces with him struggling for sound and step to strike out against, while missing footing, might be more realistic in style but it does nothing to play into how ferociously skilled the character should be.There's times he seems to be surviving by blind luck, rather than blind skill.

It's a case of miscasting a too young idol in what should have been a role for heavyweight charisma. There's a few scenes of note, but even the direction of the story makes little sense emotionally, and considering the cast around the center player is so good, this feels like a wasted opportunity and too much of a misstep. Katori is a good actor, but this is not a best suited role. Very disappointed. For the remakes Zaotichi by Kitano in 2003 remains the zenith, while Ichi in 2008 scores higher by at least being brave enough to flip the characters sexuality while remaining faithful to the core characteristics. This, alas, is a poor 3rd.
December 29, 2010
Went ahead and watched this without subtitles, could not wait. First impressions were good, Shingo Katori has the character down well except for a tendency to oversell emotional expressions in a manner more like j-drama than Katsu's approachable mugging. It is a loose remake of the origin story, with the supporting cast absolutely packed - Nakadai, Terajima, Sorimachi, Harada - and Kudoh, Takaoka and Katori for youth and international appeal.

The sword-fighting seemed decent, with Ichi's iaijutsu less refined and character development emphasized by him lashing out strategically. The usual massage, gambling, and outnumbered fight scenes occur, and it was nice to see them fix and hold off-kilter angles in a manner more authentic than now popular. The one thing that kept distracting me was the soundtrack, which completely oversold every dramatic scene with a built-up drone and blaring chorus. But that said, I look forward to re-watching this with subtitles and perhaps a slightly tweaked audio mix.
January 26, 2010
Et bien j'ai adoré !
ça passe tout seul, c'est drôle et puis au final ça ne fait pas "remake" de la série des Zatoichi, c'est autre chose et c'est très bien !
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