Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (2003)

Dir. Takeshi Kitano

This is Takeshi Kitano’s remake of the popular Japanese TV or film series. Takeshi plays Zatoichi, a blind swordsman and maseur. The action scenes are pretty exciting (although I’d like to see more of the action). The sound of the drawing sword, clanging steel and slashing flesh is pretty cool. There’s a lot spraying blood (done via cgi and not that good0). Takeshi is good as Zatoichi, but the movie drags in certain parts. I’m still a little puzzled by the scenes Takeshi feels compelled to show (he also directed the film). Still, if you like samurai movies, I think I could recommend this one. Larri liked it, too.

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