Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967)
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This was the first of the Zato series to come under the banner of Katsu Productions. Katsu-san sings the Zatoichi-theme for the first time. This is also an unusual film in that it makes a social statement in favour of non-violence and cooperative business being superior than the traditional models. Watch for the hero to be carried triumphantly to the showdown by the villagers.
Everything in this 16th Zatoichi outing is ramped up; the blood, the loss of limbs, and even the dialogue and political overtones in the film. Apparently this is the first film where Katsu's company started taking control of the series and the film is a blast to watch! The action and set pieces are action packed and violent and the dialogue, with it's political overtones and darker tones, is right on point. Another fine film in the Zatoichi saga and one where we once again see the strain laid upon Ichi in his lifestyle and standing up for those that need the help.
There's some seriously badass action going on here. The plot meanders a bit, but it brings it all together really quickly... and with some great lines of dialogue. Very enjoyable installment in the series.
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