Solid entry in the series that sticks pretty close to the formula despite providing a potential opponent who seemed up to Zatoichi's mastery of his senses. The conclusion comes a little too fast this time around and what could have been epic instead only registers as 'another' fight.
One of the best of the series yet, this film both stays true to the formula and improves on it. It contains the familiar but adds a more complex screenplay and added emotional weight. Katsu's performance becomes more refined with such scenes as his search for the dropped medicine and reacting to the girl's thankfulness. This film will be hard to beat.