ZATOICHI IN DESPERATION (zatoichi`s broken cane sword; shin zatoichi monogatari: oreta tsue) (1972 JAPAN) D/P: SHINATRO KATSU W: MINORI INUZUKE/NISHIYOKA HIROYASHO
Katsu got to test his directorial chops for this off-beat and stylish penultimate entry in the original Zatoichi series. It begins with a memorble scene in which he inadvertently causes the death of an old woman crossing a bridge. It was the last truly great Katsu-as-Zatoichi flick, with an absorbing story and signs of the character`s maturity. Sadly however, everything stopped after the next entry, THE NEW ZATOICHI STORY: BLOODBATH AT KASAMA. With Asao Koike., Masumi Harakawa and Hideji Ootaki.

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