Miramax Films | Release Date: July 23, 2004
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JamesMDec 11, 2005
Takeshi Kitano's masterpiece. You must see this film.
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RirenJan 30, 2007
An unflinching revival of the Zatoichi series, this movie requires no knowledge of prior films, or even Japanese film history - though every drop of knowledge helps. All you really need to know is that this is an expert's product in the An unflinching revival of the Zatoichi series, this movie requires no knowledge of prior films, or even Japanese film history - though every drop of knowledge helps. All you really need to know is that this is an expert's product in the new kind of film, that which will do whatever it wants whenever it wants. What Zatoichi does that others fail at is earn at or amuse with everything it decides to do, from dance scenes to fight scenes, from innuendo to philosophy. It's not as pretty as Hero or Curse of the Golden Flower, nor are its actors as internationally recognizable - but it is considerably better at doing almost everything that those two movies do, short the wire teams. Give it a try, and bring your friends. Expand
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Dimitris01Nov 22, 2013
The story could be better developed since there are pacing problems, needless secondary characters and a guy who behaves like a geisha. However 'Zatoichi' has a cool protagonist, a dangerous villain and bloody, realistic action. Moreover theThe story could be better developed since there are pacing problems, needless secondary characters and a guy who behaves like a geisha. However 'Zatoichi' has a cool protagonist, a dangerous villain and bloody, realistic action. Moreover the acting is good, there are several intense moments and the ending will satisfy your need for retribution.
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TchaikovskyFeb 20, 2018
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This one of the last the Takeshi's Kitano's masterpieces, and one of the last great film's about the feudal japan well about samurai. Good Takeshi's performance as a blind Samurai. the action is very good a polished film and entertainsing. Expand
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ShockingMay 15, 2018
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It has taken me some time, but after watching this a few times over the past few years, I understand it and appreciate it more. At first, I didn't get the bleached hair; I didn't get the profound deviation from the Shintaro Katsu series of movies that made me want to see this movie to begin with. However, once I realized that this was in no way an attempt to try to re-do or out-do Mr. Katsu's portrayal of this character, I started to appreciate it as its own movie. I began to like the supporting actors, and I even began to appreciate the dance number finale'. My only real complaints are with the CGI blood in the fight scenes. It was poorly done (think unfinished) and a distraction to the eye. Less blood and more use of angles would have greatly improved the visual effect of the scenes for me. Expand
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