My friend DM lent me his Criterion Zatoichi box set. As you can see from my movie list I have watched the first six films in the series, each film around 90 minutes. Thank god that Peter Jackson didn’t direct any of these. There is a noticeable shift in the narrative away from the original hero in the 1948 story based on an actual historical figure in the late Tokugawa. This Zatoichi has become more dark and the kill count is steadily increasing. He is still the haunted anti-hero with the lightning fast sword but without the more frequent slapstick scenes from the earlier films.