All over the place. Awkwardly bounces from comedy to melodrama to action. Fun (if ridiculous) opening leads to a super-cinematic establishing sequence, which gives way to a perfectly reasonable conflict between two business families. Can never really decide what it wants to be, and while a stealth action sequence acts as an engaging capper, it's too little too late.
This is more like it! Director Kenji Misumi, cinematographer Chishi Makiura, and composer Akira Ifukube return, and they make this a near-classic. The grab-bag tone and occasional television impulses of the last two films are gone. We're back to the theme of Ichi trying on a life outside his own itinerant yakuza circle, this time via an infant that comes into his care when a woman is killed by assassins who think they're stabbing Ichi. We know a settled life…