Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Stylish but gory revenge tale set in 19th-century Japan about a wandering, blind blade-master (Beat Takeshi) who uses his lethal sword skills to rid a small farming village of a gang of ruthless bandits. Incorporating cross-genre elements as diverse as vaudevillian slapstick and hip-hop dance, Takeshi -- who also wrote and directed the film under the name Takeshi Kitano -- gives the classic samurai tale a jazzy makeover, which, though chock full of blood-splattered swordfights, is not without moments of beauty, emotion and humor. Stylized action violence with associated gore, brief suggestion of child prostitution, a suicide, cross-dressing references and some crude language and humor. Subtitles. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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