The third entry in the long running series reps the first in colour. Here Zatoichi rediscovers his master only to learn he is now less than honourable leading to an eventual showdown. But more than just flashes of action the character finds himself questioning who he is and whether he can become an honest man himself and deserve love. Exceptional entry.
It starts off like a regular Zatoichi film, then this 3rd entry in the series introduces his master, excellent drama, and a conflict Zatoichi who is torn between who he is and who he wants to be. And while the final fight is powerful to watch, the most stunning sequence involves a simple but tensioned-filled game of dice.