18 October 2006

Zatoichi (the Beat Takeshi version)

This is a wonderful samurai film. The cinematic style is breathtaking, especially the highly stylized swordfights. The story is a fairly simple revenge tale, but even with so Takeshi plays with our expectations as he introduces characters - nobody is quite who they seem.

It seems like it is Takeshi's homage to Kurosawa (or maybe all samurai genre films).

Recommended to all fans of samurai films and westerns.

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