Zatoichi's Revenge (1965)
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One of the best so far in the Zatoichi series of films, the tale really is one of revenge and relies on Ichi to set things right once again. We see a former acquintance of Ichi's whose father has died and she has been forced into prostitution at a local brothel in order to pay back the father's debt to the man. Of course he and the magistrate are corrupt and force many, if not all, of the girls into working at the brothel for "debts" many of which are simply lies in order to keep them there. Ichi sets out and befriends a man famous for sleight of hand and his young daughter who after wronging Ichi a number of times finally set out to be straight and help Ichi set things right and free the girls at the brothel. This really is a great entry that is packed with action and the body count is high as Ichi slays countless men of the corrupt boss in the area before finally striking him and the corrupt magistrate down before moving on to continue his journey.
Zatoichi's Revenge is just as enjoyable and exciting as the 9 films that preceded it, but lacks enough individual moments to make it stand out. The fights, though more competent in their choreography, do seem like they have been done before. The only two stand outs for me in this film, were the guitar soundtrack, adding a very western feel to the whole film, and a supporting character that cheats Zatoichi and then helps him in the final rescue, suggesting that he may become like Zatoichi himself. It really portrays the impact that Zatoichi has on those he meets. Certainly worth stopping by on the Zatoichi journey, but there are others I'll be revisiting before this one.
Another solid Zathoichi outing.
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