Zatoichi 21 / Zatoichi abare-himatsuri / Blind Swordsman's Fire Festival / Дзатоити 21 / Затоичи на Празднике Огня
Режиссер: Kenji Misumi
Год выпуска: 1970
Актеры: Shintarф Katsu (as Zatoichi), Tatsuya Nakadai (as Ronin), Reiko Ohara (as Okiyo), Masayuki Mori (as Yamikubo), Peter (as Umeji), Kф Nishimura, Utae Shoji (as Woman at tea house)
Описание: Дзатоити спасает жену самурая от преследования.
Рецензии: I couldn't believe it when I saw Tatsuya Nakadai (Yojimbo, Sanjuro, Harakiri, High and Low, Ran, etc,etc) pop up in this Zatoichi episode as a crazed, jilted husband out for revenge on almost everyone, including Zatoichi. I noticed the credits had a variation of his name (Nakayo, I think it was). We also have Masayuki Mori (Rashomon, The Idiot, etc) as the mandatory evil boss. Only this time, the evil boss is an evil SUPERBOSS, he's blind (and therefore obviously much more dangerous) and resembles Fritz Lang's Dr. Mabuse. We also have a great humorous side story with Peter (the blind younger brother in Ran) playing an effeminate pimp who tries to seduce and kill Zatoichi --a riot--in order to enter the local yakuza gang. There's also a very funny scene with two roadhouse employees that had me laughing out loud. The cast, characters and plot really set this one above many of the Zatoichi's, including the one Katsu did with Toshiro Mifune (Zatoichi vs. Yojimbo). The film is directed by Kenji Misumi, who directed some of the best Zatoichi films as well as several of the Lone Wolf and Cub series. An absolute must-see for Zatoichi fans and highly recommended for sumarai movie fans. As a Zatoichi movie, 11 out of 10, as a samurai movie or on any other basis, 9 of 10.