Zatoichi On the Road – 1963
Back from the slight slump that was The Fugitive, Ichi returns in Grade A form. Here, he’s sworn to protect the life of a young girl. As is usually the set-up for the Zatoichi series, without any real allies, Ichi finds himself in the middle of a bloody turf war. Normally, he’s hesitant to get involved, but this time he plays ball and, in the end, turns in one of the
greatest climax battles since Seven Samurai.
On the Road is by far the best of the first five films in this series. It starts off red hot and just keep getting hotter. You really can’t miss out on this one.