“It may be peaceful in my hometown, but it’s good to be prepared.”
Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman (Shintaro Katsu) returns to a once-peaceful village, only to find it overrun with gangsters who are battling each other for a stash of hidden gold. He temporarily teams up with bodyguard Yojimbo (Toshiro Mifune) to help rid the town of violence.
- Japanese Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this cult film (clearly influenced by Sergio Leone) features “broad humor”, “extreme violence”, and “two of Japan’s most popular action heroes.” The story is slow-going at first but exciting by the end, and it’s tremendous fun watching Zatoichi and Yojimbo interact.
Unlike Peary, I didn’t find Zatoichi’s whimpering or “fake modesty” annoying, but I do agree that Yojimbo spends far too much time moping around and getting drunk — you’re better off being introduced to his character in either Yojimbo (1961) or Sanjuro (1962).
- Zatoichi’s elegant physical comedy
- Fine period sets
Yes, but simply to have seen “Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman” in a film. Another might suffice.