Hot Picks

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Das Wundern des jungen Ulysses 2019

- The Incessant Fear of Rape 2018

- The Dragon Unleashed 2018

- Yakuza Law 1969

- Murder Made Easy 2019

- Chasing Shadows 2018

- Jumper 2019

- Bunkheads 2018

- Chase 2019

- Emily's Hands 2018

- Raiders of the Hidden Donald Trump Fetish Doll 2018

- The Grand Duel 1972

- Silencio 2018

- Room for Rent 2019

- Extra Innings 2018

- Keoma 1976

- Blood & Oil 2019

- Eyes and Prize 2018

- On the Trail of Bigfoot 2019

- The Shipment 2018

- Nox 2019

- The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire 1971

- House of Lexi 2019

- Yamasong: March of the Hollows 2017

- Astro 2018

- Mummy Reborn 2019

- Vengeance 2019

- Scared Stiff 1987

- The Blood Hunter 2019

- HeartBreak 2017

- Francis Makes a Friend 2019

- Turnover 2019

- Division 19 2017

- Rottentail 2018

- Vengeance: A Love Story 2017

- Soul to Keep 2019

- The Year I Did Nothing 2019

- Meme 2018

- Black Site 2018

- Terror 5 2016

- Mélo 1986

- Eyes of the Roshi 2017

- Long Lost 2018

- Pusher 2018

- Georgy 2017

- Flashout 2019

- Purgatory Road 2017

- Whirlpool 1970

- Blood Craft 2019

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- The Night Monica Came Back 2017

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Zatoichi Abare-himatsuri

Zatoichi at the Fire Festival
Zatoichi 21 / Zatoichi - The Festival of Fire

Japan 1970
produced by
Shintaro Katsu for Katsu Productions, Daiei
directed by Kenji Misumi
starring Shintaro Katsu, Tatsuya Nakadai, Reiko Ohara, Masayuki Mori, Peter, Ko Nishimura, Yoshitaro Asawaka, Ryutaro Gomi, Yuuji Hamada, Yukio Horikita, Shingo Ibuki, Ryunosuke Kaneda, Jun Katsumura, Akane Kawasaki, Eizo Kitamura, Takuya Kitano, Kanae Kobayashi, Yosuke Kondo, Gen Kuroki, Yasuhiro Mizukami, Osami Nabe, Jun Nagasawa, Tatsuya Nakayo, Akira Nitta, Masaji Nunome, Teruko Omi, Jun Satomi, Akira Shimizu, Takumi Shinjo, Utae Shoji, Tadashui Takadera, Kazue Tamachi, Kunie Tanaka, Kazuko Tanigushi, Kenzo Tatake, Yoshio Yoshida, Kazuko Yoshiyuki
screenplay by Shintaro Katsu, music by Isao Tomita

Zatoichi, Daiei's Zatoichi, Zatoichi (Shintaro Katsu)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Quatermass

Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

Available on DVD !

To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat

Always make sure of DVD-compatibility !!!

The blind masseur and master swordsman Zatoichi (Shintaro Katsu) frees the wife of a ronin who was sold into prostitution simply because he was touched by her fate and overcome by her beauty (which he claims he can smell). However, the ronin (Tatsuya Nakadai) hasn't given up on his wife yet and kills everybody who has to do with the whole thing about her being sold, and ultimately he even kills her bcause she made him lose face. The only one he spares is Zatoichi, who he thinks has raped his wife (he hasn't) - because his hunger for revenge is the only thing that keeps him going, and he wants to have his vengeance on Zatoichi in a big way ...

As Zatoichi moves on, he meets an equally blind Yakuza boss (Masayuki Mori) and the two become friends - however, Zatoichi does not hide how much he disapproves the Yakuza's methods and he even sabotages some of their operaations ... so before long, Zatoichi has turned the blind boss's sworn enemy. However, no matter how much fighters he sends after Zatoichi, Zatoichi kills them all. Eventually, the blind boss changes his tactic and sends a woman, Okiyo (Reiko Ohara) after Zatoichi, a woman he is supposed to fall in love with, because he figures that's the only way to get close enough to Zatoichi to take him out ... At first, the plan seems to work just fine, Zatoichi really seems to fall for her, and she gets as close as she needs to ... but then something happens: Zatoichi saves Okiyo's life and she really falls in love with him and tells him about the trap the blind boss has set for him, even if that means that he breaks up with her ...

Next Zatoichi meets an effeminate boy (Peter), whom he has once convinced to not join the yakuza, but who has since been put in the blind boss's employ, and now he tries to both have sex with Zatoichi and kill him - both unsuccessfully though. Still, Zatoichi spares his life.

The finale has Zatoichi facing the blind boss's entire army of fighters, but somehow Zatoichi is able to hold his own ... until the blind boss turns up with Okiyo as his hostage, forcing Zatoichi to drop his sword and accept to be executed by the blind boss himself - but what the boss didn't know was that Zatoichi had a knife hidden up his sleeve which he stiocks through the blind boss's throat before he can execute him.

Enter the Ronin, who takes out all of the blind boss's army just to make sure he and noone else will have his revenge on Zatoichi ... but in their final fight, Zatoichi is able to kill the Ronin.

In the end, Zatoichi moves on alone, ignoring the pleas of Okiyo to take her with him.

 

In writking, Zatoichi at the Fire Festival might sound pretty exciting ... but unfortunately on celluloid the film is much less so, basically the film suffers from its episodic structure and incoherent storytelling, which makes it rather tedious after a while. The climax - Zatoichi facing an army of fighters - is pretty exciting and impressive though, but it's too little too late. Pity.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

Feeling lucky ?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find Zatoichi at the Fire Festival
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find Zatoichi at the Fire Festival here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find Zatoichi at the Fire Festival at adultvideouniverse.com


Thanks for watching !!!

 

 

On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide
WHICH IS WORSE!!!

 

A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
starring
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD

 

 

Stell Dir vor, Deine Lieblingsseifenoper birgt eine tiefere Wahrheit ...
... und stell Dir vor, der Penner von der U-Bahnstation hat doch recht ...
... und dann triffst Du auch noch die Frau Deiner (feuchten) Träume ...

 

Und an diesem Tag geht natürlich wieder einmal die Welt unter!!!

 

Bauliche Angelegenheiten
ein Roman von
Michael Haberfelner

 

Jetzt kaufen bei
Lulu.com