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The blind swordsman
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Zatoichi, portrayed by Shintaro Katsu is a classic movie series for all fans of swordfighting.
A blind outlaw, who is masterfully skilled with his sword, turns into a vigilante as harsh misfortunes befall the poor and hardworking rural common folk in 19th century feudal Japan. He helps the young and old, men and women coming from various backgrounds and classes. Nothing is glorious and glamorous about the stories. The plots do follow a certain template. However, the themes still resonate, style and photography still are worthwhile to contemplate after 40 years since the series' inception.
It will take a super long time to view all 25 films, but even if you saw only a few of them, you will be left with an unforgettable impression.
(The only movie I disliked was the one before the last one. It was overly depressing.)
Different Japanese directors weaved in their distinct styles into this antihero saga, but Shintaro Katsu's unique depiction has kept the protagonist's character solid and legendary. Highly recommended.

 
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