Film #71: WATCH OUT, CRIMSON BAT
Watch Out Crimson Bat
2 out of 5 stars
This entry in the much-lauded blind samurai series is about as good as the rest… which is to say that it’s only ok. The story is par for the chanbara course, the acting is exactly what you’d expect from this sort of thing, and the swordplay… Well, that’s where the series really suffers. When your genre contemporaries are the likes of Tomisaburo Wakayama, Shintaro Katsu, Toshiro Mifune, and Raizô Ichikawa… and you bill yourself as a swordsman (or woman)… you better be worth your salt. Sadly, Yoko Mastuyama is just not up to the task. Still, the film must have been something when it first came out in 1969 (what with the idea of a woman wielding a lethal sword and all), but today this is a film - and series - that is by no means essential viewing. Once again, it’s not that the film(s) are bad, it’s just that there are films that are so much better. WATCH OUT CRIMSON BAT is definitely watchable, but it’s nothing that is ever going to set the world on fire.