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The Tale of Zatôichi Continues 1962

  • Kazuo Mori
  • October 12, 1962
  • 72 mins
  • Japanese
  • Action, Adventure
Returning to the village where a year before he had killed Hirate, a much-admired opponent, Zatoichi encounters another swordsman and former rival in love: his own brother. He must face in combat not only the pursuing retainers but his own flesh-and-blood.

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Not as good as the original (and will make no sense if the audience hasn't seen the original). A disjointed and confusing first half, becomes much stronger in the second as events link with the first film and the audience learns more about Zatoichi. The initial scenes set up the conflict that forces Zatoichi to fight, but the motivations of the villains in the story are unconvincing and, unlike the original, there is no obvious match to Zatoichi's abilities until the reveal of a connection to one of the characters in the film. The fighting sequences are again choreographed to show Zatoicho's speed and skill, though it is a shame that the bloodless nature of these scenes lessens their impact.

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