Zatoichi is a blind massage therapist and swordsman who finds out that something troubling is taking place on the outskirts of town. After discovering who the guilty parties are, Zatoichi sets off to find the dangerous pair.
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It's understandable, after the phenomenal Fire Festival, that this 22nd entry in the series would be a little adventurous. The 1st film to feature Chinese martial arts, it has all the sound effects & conventions of that style. Other than another young kid, the main weakness is that it loses it's way w/ misunderstandings galore. But it works, as communication between the 2 leads is a major barrier between them.