Tale of swordsmanship presenting an aesthetic shamelessly plundered by Tarantino for his Kill Bill films. Bizarrely, after much sword-wielding and slaying, Zatoichi’s staggering narrative closes with a merry tap-dancing choreography, which ought to number among the best dance episodes in film ever.
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Legend of Japanese cinema Takeshi Kitano directs and stars in this playful costume drama. Zatoichi is a blind old man given to gambling but has never lost his swordsmanship. Geishas, ronins and ex-samurai all battle; blood flows before honor is restored. Predictable samurai tale, but witty and entertaining.
Seven Samurai – this three hour long epic movie is Kurosawa’s most well known film in the West. Set in 16th century Japan – despondent villagers hire a band of samurai to protect them from bandits. Quite stunning if drawn out, this is a filmmakers’ film. -JJ