Feudal Japan in the 19th century is a time of cruel injustice, corrupt clan-leaders, and violent oppression. To a remote mountain town comes Zatoichi, an itinerant blind masseur with a taste for drink and gambling, who also happens to be a master swordsman, bringing him fame as a formidable foe…
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the fuck did kitano do to zatoichi? he managed to take all of what makes the character badass and replaced it with a boring, silent, gore hungry main with frosted highlights and alien eyes. the fight scenes were boring with pathetic effects and the side characters undeveloped. i'll stick to my shintaro katsu's.
Attempts to do in a single film what the original series did over twenty six (not to mention a hundred television episodes). The result is a pathetic hodgepodge of tones that doesn't even come close to capturing the spirit of the original series. To make matters worse, Kitano chose to use CGI for all the carnage and it looks absolutely horrible. Don't waste your time with this dreck, just watch the originals.
This was amazing. I love the combination of humor, action and drama. Kitano did an amazing job on both sides of the camera here. The action scenes were thrilling, the soundtrack was cool and everything just worked. I loved the look of the film, Kitano does violent action the way it should be done; slow simmering and with a huge helping of cool. I can't recommend this one enough.