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Blind traveler Zatoichi (Beat Takeshi) is a master swordsman and a masseur with a fondness for gambling on dice games. When coming to a town in control of warring gangs, bunking with a farming family, he meets two women with their own agenda.
This isn't arty violence, just violence, and pretty pedestrian for a samurai picture.
August 27, 2004
The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi begins life as a straight-up samurai movie, evolves into a slapstick comedy and ends as a rousing, tap-dancing musical.
May 27, 2011
However improbably, Kitano pulls it off quite gloriously. Admittedly, this isn't one of his most idiosyncratic, innovative or, indeed, satisfying works, but it's without doubt fast, funny, fabulous to behold.