Don't be deceived by my description. Even today, how many action-oriented film series would begin with the following scenario? Of course, it ought to have gone dark. Finally, now you won't have to seek Zatoichi out for years to collect all 25 films in the series. He has tuberculosis and is coughing up blood. I wonder what has become of her? An elderly prisoner accused of murder begs Zatoichi to find evidence of his innocence. "[3], https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Zatoichi_and_the_Doomed_Man&oldid=959056079, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 26 May 2020, at 23:24. And what happens? I know the images displayed here will move you as much as anything I have written here. Sexual threat is in the air around Otane. Worth seeing for the bright points mentioned above, but overall a forgettable entry to the series. Miki Hirate, I've never known such a skilled swordsman. A striking downshot, reds echoing carnage about to come, as Zatoichi is trapped with the visual confines of the shot, the locale and the action. I did not realize how close in time the two genre heroes were when I was writing the Zorro newspaper strip, — which I did at about the same time frame I was discovering Zatoichi and the Lone Wolf & Cub Japanese film series,. The narration often has a bleak gray streak, a sound echo of the visuals. Zatoichi was fighting in approximately the early 1830s. Not all of Zatoichi is dark and grim. Asian-cinema expert Tony Rayns unpacks the significance of Zatoichi’s name and the strict social hierarchy that the character so gleefully upends. How many ostensibly action oriented films do you know done in America in 1962 that would have these events within their story-line? Just this year I managed to find the last Zatoichi I was missing, after all that searching and wanting to see complete my collection of the series. Tatekichi doesn't just not do the right thing, he does a devastatingly horrendous wrong thing: he drowns the young woman in a marshland near the edge of town. Her brother Tatekichi has been having sex with a young woman that Otane does not want hurt, and tries to convince him to do the right thing when the woman becomes pregnant. THE TALE OF ZATOICHI CONTINUES (1962) Dir. Zatoichi does not really go into formidable action until the very end. A DAIEI CO. LTD. PRODUCTION THE TALE OF ZATOICHI CONTINUES Produced by IKUO KUBODERA Original Story by KAN SHIMOZAWA Screenplay by MINORU INUZUKA Cinematography by SHOZO HONDA Art Direction by SEIICHI OTA Original Music by ICHIRO SAITO Edited by TAKASHI TANIGUCHI Starring: SHINTARO KATSU, KENZABURO JO YOSHIE MIZUTANI, MASAYO BANRI YUTAKA NAKAMURA, EIJIRO … With Zatoichi able to repel both boss’s men, the fight is interrupted by the appearance of Yoshiro, and the two men duel to the death, during which the secret behind the story of Ochiyo is revealed. When I saw my first Zatoichi film, about the blind, wandering masseur who travels across lovely landscapes, from township to township using a cane to help guide him that also sheaths a shikomi-zue, a lethal sword-blade, I wasn't sure Shintaro Katsu, the actor wasn't really blind. She is another I cannot forget. Remember that this film was released in 1962. Whether in black and white, as with the first two films, released by Daiei Studios in 1962, or in color, from 1963 on, there is often a lyricism of tonal shading, of a naturalistic rustic beauty to these films set in Japan's Edo Period — a little later than when Spanish California's Zorro was righting wrongs. Of course, it ought to have gone dark. I am going to include one brief section ofZatoichi voice-over, a sequence of pastoral meditation beside water so clear one views not only the ripples in the current but sees to its bottom: ZATOICHI: It's so quiet here. It took me by surprise. And in the end he must face the one man he finds honorable, but who is dying; the one man he has shared confidences with in discussions about the nature of life and death. [2], Brian McKay, writing for eFilmCritic.com, gave Zatoichi and the Doomed Man three out of five stars and said that "[w]ith the exception of one very funny Zatoichi impersonator, and one or two excellent action sequences, Zatoichi and the Doomed Man is a surprisingly lackluster installment, due to underdeveloped characters and a truncated ending that feels as if someone edited out the film's third act using a dull katana. I was already blind by then. Zatoichi has endured, been cherished, for years. We see as clearly within Zatoichi as we do into the water he stands beside. It was originally released by the Daiei Motion Picture Company (later acquired by Kadokawa Pictures). The documentary film reveals a lot of candid moments in Katsu's personal life, and the films are understood better with the documentarian discussing what was filmed. ©2014 Don mcgregor. I should also note this set includes the DVD versions of the Zatoichi films as well as the newly remastered Blu-rays. Humor abounds in many of the films. A long downshot establishing where all the combatants challenging Zatoichi lie when all was said and done. She was an actress, known for Tora-san's Sunrise and Sunset (1976), Akumyo: shima arashi (1974) and Bullet Wound (1969). Director Issei Mori, who played a significant role in getting Shintaro Katsu cast as Zatoichi in the first place, shows his filmmaking flair, delivering bloody battles and raucous humor while mischievously upending narrative expectations. Zatoichi and the Doomed Man (座頭市逆手斬り, Zatōichi sakate-giri) is a 1965 Japanese chambara film directed by Kazuo Mori and starring Shintaro Katsu as the blind masseur Zatoichi. This truly was the most thoughtfully prepared complete Blu-ray film series done in 2013. This new collection is a beautiful thing for anyone familiar with the series, especially if you have come to know how consistently well-filmed even the weakest Zatoichi entry is. Before he does any swordsmanship, Zatoichi wanders into the midst of a territory seething with conflict between rival clans, takes his time showing his dice-gambling abilities, giving massages and playing blind man to the hilt. Swordplay is not the predominant motif that it came to be. I'm just reporting the news. I'm sure it was over a decade. Zatoichi and the Doomed Man is the eleventh episode in the 26-part film series devoted to the character of Zatoichi. While in jail, his cellmate Shimazo (Mizuhara) claims to have been jailed on false charges of housebreaking, arson, and murder, pleading with Ichi to contact one of his influential associates who can vouch for his innocence and to inform his wife and daughter of his situation. Until I felt the sword penetrate his body I never imagined I could kill him. Criterion has also included a book that has a page devoted to each film by Geoffrey O'Brien, each film having a painting or illustration by a wide range of artists. Equally fascinating is to look at the methods of storytelling done in series from different countries. Who is this blind swordsman, anyway? In both places, events can unfold which will change your life, whether you travel above or below. He is derisive of all the people in power, all the corrupt maneuverings. Austin: At a brisk 72 minutes, The Tale Of Zatoichi is the shortest in the series, but it’s not lacking in plot or growth. All Rights Reserved. I didn't fully understand when Otane said she wanted to marry me. We first met Ichi as a sort of stoic and invincible swordsman, but in this sequel we start to get a more intimate look at the man behind the perpetually closed eyes. I don't suspect we're going to see James Bond breast-feeding an infant in any decade? Cast: Shintaro Katsu (Zatoichi), Shogo Shimada (Boss Chuji, one of the few honorable yakuza in the series), Kenzaburo Jo (Jushiro, a calm and vicious ronin), Mikiko Tsubouchi (Ochiyo, a woman whom Zatoichi has obliquely wronged), and Machiko Hasegawa (Ogin, a lovely outlaw who’s so… He is dismayed at the brutality toward the young woman killed so ruthlessly. Zatoichi (Katsu) is given 50 lashes for illegal gambling in Shimokura. You know what I mean. The last of the black-and-white filmed Zatoichis already showcases the exquisite compositions and lighting that would enhance so many of the subsequent films over the years, with color soon delineating mood and style, some landscapes captured like paintings of depth and essence of place. The blind swordsman, for the first time, chooses not to help, but fate has other plans for him. You know how many damned years and how much of a quest it was for me to finally manage to get a full set of theZatoichi: the Blind Swordsman film series on DVD? After saying she would be my wife, she ran off with the man I despise more than anyone. Zatoichi and the Doomed Man (座頭市逆手斬り, Zatōichi sakate-giri) is a 1965 Japanese chambara film directed by Kazuo Mori and starring Shintaro Katsu as the blind masseur Zatoichi.It was originally released by the Daiei Motion Picture Company (later acquired by Kadokawa Pictures). And then there's Otane. Many people who love comics will love Zatoichi. Zatoichi 11: Zatoichi and the Doomed Man is the eleventh entry in the popular, long-running Zatoichi series. An elderly prisoner accused of murder begs Zatoichi to find evidence of his innocence. A week after I finally have all 25 Zatoichi films, Criterion announces they are releasing all of the series on Blu-ray. Kazuo Mori. It has been a year since then. designed and built by. It may not seem as striking a difference in today's storytelling, but in 1962, these films explore dark places blatantly that would not exist in American film series. After saying she would be my wife, she ran off with the man I despise more than anyone. The blind swordsman, for the first time, chooses not to help, but fate has other plans for him. What happened with Ochiyo was a shock, too. Zatoichi 11: Zatoichi and the Doomed Man (座頭市逆手斬り , Zatōichi sakate-giri ) is a 1965 film based on Kan Shimozawa's novels, directed by Kazuo Mori and starring Shintarō Katsu as Zatoichi the blind swordsman.

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