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|Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman Vol 18 - Zatoichi and the Fugitives|
Actors: Shintar˘ Katsu, Kayo Mikimoto, Kyosuke Mashida, Takashi Shimura, Akifumi Inoue
Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda
Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns, Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
Zatoichi falls in with a group of bandits in a small village. From their hiding place, the criminals control the town?s activities through a corrupt police official, who runs the town?s sweatshop where young women are forc... more »
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Excellent filming for 1968. More drama than action.
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is just one of many in this series. If you like Japanese culture in the samurai era then you might find this entertaining. The main character Zatoichi is a blind wandering masseur. He has connections with gangsters who usually seek him for his ability with his cane sword others fear him for the same reason. Zatoichi is a very lovable character. you will find yourself wanting to see his many other adventures. I would recommend this video for anyone adding to their foreign film collection."
The Dark Side
Walter J. Hofman | Tennessee, USA | 10/05/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As a lifelong Ichi-San fan (I saw the original TV series in Japan!) I am a little more objective than most about this episode. Chambara and Jidei Geki fans have been spoon fed the colorful myths and fairy tales about Tokugawa era Japan and Japanese life under Bushido. Life was terribly harsh on the rural, working Japanese. The Zatoichi films and maybe "Ugetsu" are the only films to show how life really was for the "little people". There was no glory, just harsh and deadly reality. If this film is dark and upsetting, it is because it is true to the way life was at that time. I highly recommend it to those who want to see how the Japanese villager had to live. If you want pretty costumes, Court Life and the mythical spiritualism of Bushido, skip this one. It will upset you."