I watched the Blind Swordsman's Conspiracy last night.
Alas, Trevor, despite your picking out one of the best ones for me to see, as I sat there watching I could not help but wish I were watching KUROSAWA instead. There is just no comparison, is there?
There were some good moments, but all in all, the film just did not turn me on.
I remembered your saying the lead in this had been asked by Kurosawa to star in Kagemusha. I think he might have been a good choice, however the lead who did star in Kagemusha (and who 5 years later was the main character in Ran) was so very good that I am glad things worked out as they did.
Now, as far as old Katoichi - I am going to watch Kitano's as I want to see the tap dancing scene you refer to. But I think that will about do it for me with the Blind Swordsman.