Zatoichi and the Festival of Fire (1970)
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Upon trying to return home for some peace and relaxation, Ichi discovers that the town has changed significantly in the three years he has been gone. This is the 21st film and offers some of the best swordplay yet, by Katsu of course but also Tatsuya Nakadai who delivers an impressive performance and who's swordplay is stellar. You can really tell from his finesse and confidence that he has much skill in real life as his many roles in various samurai films can attest to. The film itself is very much darker than the others and while still featuring some truly stunning battle scenes, really showcases a darker theme and how power and money can corrupt just about anyone.
Zatoichi returns in his most risquÃ© adventure. We even see boobs and have have hints at homosexuality...COR BLIMEY. It has all the right ingredients and lots of memorable moments. The best part is a frantic, nude, bath house sword fight that predates the Eastern Promise scene by nearly 40 years. It's a hilarious and exciting scene that plays to all of Zatoichi's strengths. There's also a memorable climax, with Zatoichi being in love once again and a final confrontation that comments on the jealousy of man. Consider this a "must watch" of the series.
A bit formulaic, but still fun.
Zatoichi and the Festival of Fire Quotes
|Zatoichi:||It is all right. It's all right this way.|
|Ronin:||I hold my grudges to the end!|
|Ronin:||You give me my only purpose to live for. If I kill you now...|
|Zatoichi:||You'll have nothing to live for.|