Takeshi "Beat" Kitano goes blond as well as blind to resurrect the long-running samurai avenger, and has more fun with it than original star Shintarö Katsu ever imagined. Outrageously bloody, it's a kind of syncopated slice-'n'-dice. Sure, Takeshi could have done it with his eyes closed—and does-but it's his most satisfying effort since Hana-bi.

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Zatoichi

Takeshi “Beat” Kitano goes blond as well as blind to resurrect the long-running samurai avenger, and has more fun with it than original star Shintar