Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman
DIRECTOR: TAKESHI KITANO
CAST: TAKESHI KITANO, TADANOBU ASANO, YUI NATSUKAWA
When Kitano started out as a director, he gave a shot in the arm to moribund Japanese pop cinema, so it was only appropriate that he would eventually breathe new life into one of the most beloved of samurai franchises. “Beat” plays the title role himself, defending villagers from an out-of-control yakuza gang war in a festival of slicing and dicing that ends (of course!) with a show-stopping dance number.