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Zatoichi: The Last (2010)

Zatôichi: The Last (original title)
A blind master swordsman attempts to lead a quiet life with his wife but he is provoked back into battle.

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Junji Sakamoto
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shingo Katori Shingo Katori ... Ichi
Takashi Sorimachi ... Ryuji
Satomi Ishihara ... Tane
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chieko Baishô Chieko Baishô ... Mitsu
Mike Han Mike Han
Yoshio Harada ... Genkichi
Arata Iura ... Juzo (as Arata)
Kôichi Iwaki Kôichi Iwaki ... Shimaji
Seishirô Katô Seishirô Katô ... Goro
Yûki Kudô ... Toyo (as Youki Kudoh)
Shôken Kunimoto Shôken Kunimoto
Nana Nagao Nana Nagao
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Tendo
Kanzaburô Nakamura Kanzaburô Nakamura ... Masakichi
Toshio Shiba Toshio Shiba ... Kitagawa
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Storyline

Ichi has given up his cane sword and his former life as a traveler in order to settle down with his loving wife Tane in his home village. However, his plan to live the quiet life is interrupted when he learns that the Tendo clan has taken over the village and are constantly harassing locals. Soon, a group of farmers come to Ichi and beg him to help his own village like he's helped countless other villages in travels. Written by Sonja Pavkovic

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan | France

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 May 2010 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Zatoichi: The Last See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,680,822
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A Great Disappointment
8 March 2011 | by loveis4poetsSee all my reviews

A Great Disappointment is really the best way to describe Zatoichi the Last. To give you an idea, I registered with IMDb for the sole purpose of writing this review.

Quite simply this movie drags on and on, lacks a sense of understanding why half the things that are occurring take place, and gives back very little on the sword play. As a long time fan of the entire zatoichi line of movies and TV series it goes without saying that anyone other Katsu Shintaro (The original and only Zatoichi worth the name)is an incredibly hard act to follow. He gives such personality, such acting mastery, such depth that is fairly impossible to live up to that standard. But this review does not take that into account. No one will portray Zatoichi as good as Katsu, but, even still, this movie hardly even makes the attempt. The inspiration is there, the cane sword, the manner of clothing, even the cinematography style, but, this really gives no sense to the character as Zatoichi. Simply put, but for the fact we are told this is Zatoichi, virtually nothing else exists to support it. The swordplay is fairly lame, you never get a sense of true mastery in this incarnation of Zatoichi. He is yakuza only because someone mentions it. Nothing drives the storyline with any sound basis and the ending, while can have a dramatic affect in some story lines sorely does not in this.

In a nutshell, while the filming casts beautiful locals and captures that natural Japanese landscape you'd expect, if you are a Zatoichi fan, this movie is inappropriately named. This is not the last tale of Zatoichi, the 1989 movie was. You'll get no sense this has any continuity to the Zatoichi of yore.Its not even a good story in it's own right. This is not a reflection of the actor's skill, it is a reflection of the writers failure in this endeavor to involk even the spirit of such a great charatcer as is Zatoichi. I had looked so forward to this and I couldn't have been more disappointed, sad to say.


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