Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)
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The 20th film in the Zatoichi saga, Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo is one of the most well known and features a great performance from the legendary Toshiro Mifune as Yojimbo (bodyguard). Katsu and Mifune play off each other brilliantly and are what really helps keep the film entertaining over it's nearly 2 hour running time, the longest in the long running series. The film is numerous in it's twists and turns and there are many characters and sidestories to keep track of as well, so while tedious to keep track of at times, there is still a lot to like here. Both the dialogue and battle sequences were well done and both hilarious and serious in parts, which helped with the uneven script. Still Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo is a good film overall and Mifune makes for a great contrast to Ichi and delivers as usual.
I'm a fan of the Zatoichi series, and absolutely love Yojimbo and Sanjuro. To see the two come together was a mouthwatering prospect, but I was still concerned. It turns out, I had every reason to be. This isn't a bad film, but it's just too ambitious. The plot is needlessly complex, involving many characters and twists. It becomes confusing and easy to forget that this is a Zatoichi film. He becomes sidelined many times. The complex plot results in a longer running time, which can cause the film to drag. Mifune is a great co-star for Katsu, both of them have a wicked sense of humour and are similar on the inside, but luckily their performances are contrast with each other. It's doubtful that Mifune is playing "the" Yojimbo, but it's still good to see him n familiar surroundings. It's a good watch, especially for fans of Zatoichi or Mifune.
Mifune and Shintaro in one movie!! Hahaa!
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