I had a couple of e-mails protesting that the video clip I put up last night, when talking about the newly remastered DVD edition of Zatoichi, the Blind Swordsman, was not a very good sword fight at all, and made no sense.
I'm not sure that many of the Zatoichi sword fights make any more sense . . . they have more bodies and blood and screaming going on than you can shake a stick at, and they're clearly way over the top. Nevertheless, they're immensely entertaining, and fit the Japanese culture that produced them. Here's another video: the sword fights from the first five Zatoichi movies, all put together in a single clip. Watch it in full-screen mode for the best results.
Yep. Gore all over the place . . . and not the climate change variety, either!