Zatoichi The Fugitive (1963)
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Another solid Zatoichi film, Zatoichi The Fugitive once again follow Zatoichi as he is pursued and must do the right thing in order to protect and help the helpless and defend himself from those wanting him dead. This entry is a little slow paced in the first half but picks up and introduces a very formidable enemy that, for a while, is Zatoichi's equal in battle. There is some great and very well done battle choreography in the grand final duel that is simply awesome!
Zatoichi once again incurs the wrath of many after winning a sumo wrestling contest. After an assassin is killed by Zatoichi, he goes to the dead mans house to pay his respects to the mother. The mother is understanding and holds Zatoichi in high regard. Zatoichi the Fugitive begins to highlight Zatoichi's weaknesses. He's his usual happy-go-lucky self at the beginning, but when his old flame Tane is put in harms way, we see Zatoichi make his first true mistake of the series as emotion overcomes his commonsense. The final battle is bigger and better than anything so far, and Zatoichi's foe is a real threat to the seemingly invincible masseur. It's a darker film and one that has a lot of interesting characters on board to help drive the plot forward.
although not as good as other zatoichi movies, this is a solid zatoichi tale. the story is a bit incoherent in the begining, but the story picks up well and the fight scene at the end is classic. zatoichi goes all cyrano debergerac on a group of samurai, and we see his first true moments of vulnerability. good flick.
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