A pregnant woman dies giving birth, and it’s up to blind swordsman Zatoichi to help find the baby’s father. When Zatoichi reaches the town of Shioba, he instead finds the child’s aunt, who beseeches him to help fend off the Yakuza.
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Zatoichi 23: Zatoichi at LargeDirected byKazuo Mori
Despite dealing w/ a baby & a child, this 23rd film starts off very funny. And while this child is the most obnoxious yet, the cast of characters we have to keep up with range from misfire (the festival performers) to engaging (the widowed man). Even if all these characters contribute to many misunderstandings, the final duel doesn't disappoint. There's even a "post-credit" scene w/ a duel that's a real afterthought.