Daibutsu, Kamakura

Daibutsu, Kamakura
Daibutsu in Kamakura, June 2010. There were thousands of school kids visiting that day. It was still great fun.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Zatoichi: The Last

Apparently this will be the very last movie in the long, long, long running Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman series and will mark the end of the franchise. It stars oddly enough Shingo Katori of the Japanese pop group SMAP but I won't judge Katori until I see the film someday.

Click here to see the trailer for Zatoichi: The Last

Plot: After years of traveling, blind swordsman Ichi (Shingo Katori) decides to give up his life of bloodshed to begin a peaceful life in his hometown with his young wife, Tane (Satomi Ishihara). Ichi puts aside his cane sword and becomes a farmer, taking up temporary residence in the home of his old friend Ryuji (Takashi Sorimachi). However, their village is ruled by the cold-blooded Tendo family, who make a habit of tormenting local farmers. Knowing of Ichi’s unparalleled skill with the blade, the other farmers beg for his help in dealing with them. Needless to say, his retirement from killing is short-lived. (Nippon Cinema)

Toho will be releasing “Ichi: The Last” in Japan on May 29, 2010.


  1. Oh daum! And there I was hoping to see if Takeshi Kitano would try to top that bizarre tap dance number.