ZATOICHI: THE LAST (2010 JAPAN FRANCE) D: JUNJI SAKAMOTO W: KIKUMI YAMAGISHI P: KYUKAN MAEDA/YUKIKO OSHII
Pop-idol Shingo Kattori is better than you might expect as a younger, more vulnerable Masseur Ichi in this flop marketed as the ultimate Zatoichi movie. The plot involves a villainous landowner (Tatsuya Nakadai, who`s funny and very good indeed in his first Zatoichi movie since THE BLIND SWORDSMAN`S FIRE FESTIVAL) trying to strong-arm fishermen into handing over their beach and build a port to trade with Russian sailors. It starts off ok, promising something different from the usual Zatoichi fare. But the further into it`s 2 hours plus you get, it unfortunately dawns on you that this will be remembered as the most boring Zatoichi movie. With Satomi Ishihara as Ichi`s wife in flashbacks, Takashi Sorimachi, Susumu Terajima, Koiichi Iwaki, Yuki Kudo, Takashi Ukaji, Toshio Shiba, Kanzaburo Nakamura, Sosuke Takaoka, Seishiro Kato, Denden, Yoshio Arata and Chieko Baisho.

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