Zatoichi is one of the coolest dogs ever to walk the planet. I stumbled upon a very short clip showing one of his swordfights and felt immediately compelled to look for the film from which it was taken and watched it the same evening. The Title: Zatoichi Challenged. Fabulous movie, for its time a masterpiece of cadrage, mise en scéne and especially colour composition and lighting. The swordfight with Master Akatsuka is one of the most beautifully composed scenes in Film history. Zatoichi obviously is a japanese series – there are a lot of Films on Youtube – I have to watch the **** out of them!

Sword Fighting Scene:

Satoichi Challenged:

18 (1968)


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