ZATOICHI (shintaro katsu`s zatoichi; the return of zatoichi; zatoichi: darkness is his ally) (1989 JAPAN) D/W/P: SHINATRO KATSU W: TATSUMI ICHIYAMA/TSUTOMU NAKAMURA P: MASANORI SANADA/KIYOSHI TSUKAMOTO
Katsu had already portrayed the blind masseur and master swordsman Zatoichi in 25 films from 1962 to 1975, and in a hit tv series. He returned to the character on his own terms for this much more gritty, authentic and bloodier re-tread. The main problem is that it doesn`t offer much of anything new, and the horrible rock ballad on the soundtrack. Not a terrible film by any means, just a little pointless. With Ken Ogata, Kanako Higuchi, Takanori Jinnai, "Takehiro Omura" (Katsu`s real-life son Ryuutaro Gan), Yuya Uchida, Tsurutaro Katoka, Miho Nakayama, Norihei Miki, Rikia Yasuoka. Takeshi Kitano became ZATOICHI next in 2003.

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