The Tale of Zatoichi (Zatôichi monogatari) Review

26 feature films, 4 seasons of a television series and multiple remakes and reinterpretations but it all had to start somewhere. Originating from a character created by novelist Kan Shimozawa, the blind swordsman and masseuse Zatoichi made his feature film debut in 1962 with Kenji Misumi directing and Shintaro Katsu starring. The Tale of Zatoichi is quick to … Read more

Shogun Assassin Review

The production concept behind Shogun Assassin is one that would often immediately put film fans’ noses out of joint but Shogun Assassin is a much loved film and with good reason. Essentially a re-edit and re-dubbing of the first two feature film instalments in the Lone Wolf & Cub series Shogun Assassin was produced as a ‘brand new’ … Read more