Zatoichi and the Festival of Fire

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Misumi Kenji's Zatoichi: The Festival of Fire finds the famous blind swordsman becoming mixed up with a blind but powerful gangster. The town is a brutal place where women and children are regularly available to the highest bidder. Zatoichi takes a fancy to two local women, and this causes him to earn the ire of both two local men - one of them a Yakuza. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi


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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.

Chris Browning
Chris Browning

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Zatoichi returns in his most risqué 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.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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A bit formulaic, but still fun.

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