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Zatôichi (2003)

Director:
Takeshi Kitano
COUNTRY
Japan
GENRE
Crime/Action
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Zatôichi
RUNNING TIME
116 minutes
Producer:
Jack Maeby
Screenwriter (based on the novels by Kan Shimosawa):
Takeshi Kitano


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Zatôichi/Ichi Takeshi Kitano
Hattori Genosuke Tadanobu Asano ½
Aunt Oume Michiyo Ookusu
Shinkichi Gadarukanaru Taka

 

Review

A stylistically rich but rather long-winded and unremarkable samurai/ronin story set in 19th century rural Japan. The characterizations are good, particularly our protagoinst Zatôichi as brought to life by writer/director Takeshi Kitano. He's an attractive enigma of amusing superhuman proportions; his combined handicap and invincibility make him both identifiable and unapproachable. Kitano's performance is spot on, but his direction here - despite obvious flair - lacks the tightness which would elevate this ultimately standard vengeance story into something out of the ordinary.

Copyright © 27.5.2008 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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