A Wild Samurai Movie

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi is one crazy ass Samurai movie. Yojimbo will always be king, but off-beat, whacked-out imitations like this are just fun. It’s got plenty of stylized blood-letting when the swords come out, but it all seems to fit into an odd ballet of actions that play off one another throughout the movie. There’s a scene at the beginning where 4 or 5 guys are digging in a field. The swinging of their hoes creates a rhythm that syncs with the music score. Scenes like that are repeated throughout the movie. Somehow I think rhythm is what the movie is about. Zatoichi might be some kind of masterpiece. I don’t know now. But it was definitely entertaining.

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Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at mudsongs.org.

3 Replies to “A Wild Samurai Movie”

  1. I’ve seen some zatoichi films with subtitles, they’re always awesome, but then again ALL KUNG FU IS AWESOME!

  2. There are tons of Zatoichi movies on DVD. This one is a “re-imagined” version. It’s like the director said, “I know there are rules of what’s expected in a Samurai movie, but the hell with those rules!” It’s a cool movie.

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