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The general standard for Zatoichi films is fairly high - though you can
expect the same motifs and themes from one movie to the next.
Zatoichi's Pilgrimage brings the series to a new level. Our blind
swordsman (Kintaro Katsu) is troubled by his violent past, and vows to
visit a circuit of shrines until the gods give him an answer to his
spiritual quest. This quest brings him into contact with a group of
brigands who all but rule the area, and he's left with little choice
but to reassess his spiritual quest.
The screenplay is especially intriguing. Zatoichi's pilgrimage begins as a sea voyage, and the water theme repeatedly makes its way into the plot. In the hope of realizing his quest, a rider- less horse follows the blind swordsman to where he's most needed - suggesting that Zatoichi may have already found his destiny. An assured storytelling makes this one of the more satisfying of the long series.