When he first appeared in 1962 in what was meant to be just a single film, The Tale of Zatoichi, Zatoichi (Shintarô Katsu) the blind swordsman became a hit with audiences and Daiei Studios decided to make the most of his popularity. They ended up making 25 movies from 1962 to 1973.
In 1964 when Fight, Zatoichi, Fight hit screeens, it was already the eighth movie in the series. By now though the series had settled into a groove, usually Zatoichi would end up in a town, he would gamble and someone would try and cheat him, maybe a woman would fall in love with him and he would end up helping some people while being hunted by bad guys.
Someone bad was always hunting Zatoichi by this point. With the day saved Zatoichi would continue on his way. Despite the formula the movies would constantly try and change things up little without deviating too much and the cinematography was great with usually a couple of brilliantly photographed scenes in every movie.
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