On one of his many journeys, the blind swordsman Zatoichi (Shintaro Katsu) comes upon a village from his past where he is greeted by various people from his past, including a childhood friend who is fleecing the residents of its valuable reserves.
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After the dour, dark, & disappointing previous installment comes a return to formula in the fitting "end" to the 25 film series. While it continues the darker edge that the series contained in it's latter half, it doesn't overwhelm it's simple story. The original 25 films may not end on a perfect note, but after the flawed 24th film, all is forgiven by the time Ichi walks off into the distance.