Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (1964)





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In this Japanese actioner, the brave blind swordsman Zatoichi is accused of assisting in the theft of a chest of gold. The gold represented the taxes of the local farmers and it was bound for the governor's office. Now the courageous samurai and the yakuza boss, who is also accused, must unite to prove their innocence. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama
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This volume of the series lightens the body count, but raises the gore factor and, more importantly, the character development.

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[img][/img] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Zatoichi is visiting a grave in a small Japanese village when the village tax funds are stolen. The villagers instantly blame Zatoichi for the crime. Zatoichi must uncover the true outlaws. The local boss seems like the obvious person to blame; however, upon closer review, some men within the boss's gang may be responsible for the terrible acts. Zatoichi will have to infiltrate the gang and uncover the unruly men.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]"Cut me down like a mangy dog."[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [color=#000000][font=Times New Roman][size=3]Kazuo Ikehiro, director of Trail of Blood, Broken Sword, Zatoichi's #7 & 14, and Brother of Flowers, delivers Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (#6). The storyline for this film is wonderfully entertaining as we get to see Zatoichi continue to aid his countrymen despite their false accusations against him. Shintarô Katsu, who is on my top actors list, is brilliant in this picture.[/size][/font][font=Arial] [/font][/color] [color=#000000][font=Arial][/font][/color][font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]"There was no need for me to have cut you down."[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]The key scenes in this film include: the whistle fighting scene during the opening credits, the opening war memory, Zatoichi playing the drums, the tax payers getting beat down by the three bandits, the bathing scene, the servants admitting to thievery to the boss, Zatoichi fighting in the woods with the child on his back, Chuji's battle at the house in the woods, Zatoichi gambling against Jushiro, Zatoichi and the prostitute, the torture scene, Zatoichi freeing the prisoner, and Zatoichi versus Jushiro at the end.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]"You profit nothing if you lose your life."[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold is one of my favorite Zatoichi pictures; primarily, because it pits two real life brothers against each other. Shintarô Katsu (Zatoichi) and [color=black]Tomisaburo Wakayama[/color] (Ogami Itto from Lone Wolf and Cub) square off in two fabulous scenes in this movie. Wakayama's use of the whip was fantastic. This is a must see film for fans of the Zatoichi series.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]"He loved to beat his peers in all martial arts."[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000][/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Grade: A[/color][/size][/font]

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

My favorite Zatoichi up to this point, and a change in the style in several ways. The character development is still there but the style, especially in the introduction and in the use of fast movement speed and blood in the film. In all the other Zatoichi films up to this point when multiple men are killed and slashed multiple times they simply fall down dead with not a mark on them. In Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold however, every slash seems to explode in blood and countless bodies are soaked in crimson, and it really adds to the realism. I mean seeing people supposedly struck down with a katana means you are losing limbs and being sliced into pieces, so the blood is a welcome addition. The style is very theatrical in looks and I think it really adds to the film and it's themes quite well, and is a blast to watch!

Chris Browning
Chris Browning

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When you get to the 6th film in a strong series, you can either continue down the tried and tested path or you can deviate. Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold does a bit of both. Keeping the film similar in terms of character and story, while offering a brand new style to the mix. This style isn't intrusive or distracting in any way, but it is noticeable. From the opening credits, where Zatoichi slays people against a black background, it already seems more stylised. We see very brave and dramatic shots, such as samurai running a hill directly over the camera. It announces a braver film than previous efforts. The film is really empthasises the yellows of the colour palette, giving it a warm golden glow. Another new addition is the blood, we see it now, and it gushes without ever being glorified. As a character, Zatoichi is expanded upon. We see more of the weak, towards drink and women, Zatoichi. There's also a paternal moment where Zatoichi guides a boy through a forest. The script really makes a point of highlighting the moments we come to expect from Zatoichi. We are also treated to a fantastic final battle, in which Zatoichi meets his toughest match yet, and it isn't just your ordinary sword fight. A fantastic film full of excitement and great writing. It is also easily accessible for anybody new to the series.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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