RE: The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi - Movie Review
I remember seeing this film on the big screen. It must have been in the early 2000s at the Rotterdam Film Festival. Just checked the date and it must have been February 2004, almost 15 years ago. I believe that - at that time - I had already seen two or three films directed by Takeshi Kitano. This one became my favorite, so far.
I clearly remember the choreography of the farmer's work to create a soundtrack and agree that most of Kitano's films have a certain kind of humour to them. Which does the trick, at times. No matter what, it's certainly some kind of trademark of his. It must be the nature of the beast.
You also reminded me of a Zatoichi trilogy that I watched in 2009. That year, I was living in an apartment in Madrid for a couple of months. One of my roommates was a filmmaker and cinephile, like me. He showed me these three Samourai films from the 1960s. I tried to look them up, just now, but I find about a dozen of Zatoichi's from the 1960s so I can't pinpoint the exact titles.
No matter what, they were worth watching and I'm sure they inspired Kitano's take on this story.