In this 1970 film the world’s two most famous ronin meet in a small village where Zatoichi, typically, has come seeking peace and quiet, and Yojimbo, bodyguard to a corrupt boss, wends his sardonic way in a nest of spies and counterspies.
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I admit, I had huge expectations going into this one. But I was kind of letdown by this 20th entry, despite its different visual look & lack of music. For the longest film in the series, it feels like it even with editing where scenes end abruptly. It feels unfocused, struggling to invest in anyone. But despite its flaws, it works best when Mifune & Katsu are together.