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.