A really suspenseful finale that had a great build-up leading up to it, and a really solid group of supporting characters help elevate this Zatoichi movie above its pretty standard premise. Also gave a bit more backstory into Zatoichi's character, although it ended up not going in the direction I thought they were suggesting it would. Still cool to explore Zatoichi and who he was in his past, even it it's just a brief moment in the story.
While not as well choreographed as Enter the Dragon, which Robert Clouse directed one year prior to this and also featured Jim Kelly, it's still pretty fun overall. A lot of the physical comedy just doesn't land and ends up coming across as goofy, as does some of the comedic dialogue, especially from the mob boss character.
The climactic fight scene during the finale went on a bit longer than it needed to,…