Zatoichi On the Road (1963)
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A great intro with one of the famous lines from the series in it, Zatoichi cuts the candle in the room out shrouding the men surrounding him in darkness and says "Darkness is my ally" and strikes them all down in one stroke each! The action doesn't let up much throughout the film either as there are a number of skirmishes and battles throughout. Another very solid and fast paced action film in the Zatoichi series!
Zatoichi On the Road takes up a new story for Zatoichi. He's still the same sweet badass, but this time the connections to previous installments are minimal. Once again Zatoichi is dragged into a fight he doesn't wish to take part in, and once again this is down to a mistake made by sword happy men. Zatoichi is further represented as the good soul he is, defending a woman that he has no real connection to. As the tension mounts between the two gangs we get subtle hints at the outcome and it's one we can't wait to see. Katsu's performance is perfected even further. He's really become one with the character and it's this performance that unites these films so completely.
Good Zatoichi outing.