Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman

Edition no. 679

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The Tale of ZatoichiThe Tale of Zatoichi ContinuesNew Tale of ZatoichiZatoichi the FugitiveZatoichi on the RoadZatoichi and the Chest of GoldZatoichi's Flashing SwordFight, Zatoichi, FightAdventures of ZatoichiZatoichi's RevengeZatoichi and the Doomed ManZatoichi and the Chess ExpertZatoichi's VengeanceZatoichi's PilgrimageZatoichi's Cane SwordZatoichi the OutlawZatoichi ChallengedZatoichi and the FugitivesSamaritan ZatoichiZatoichi Meets YojimboZatoichi Goes to the Fire FestivalZatoichi Meets the One-Armed SwordsmanZatoichi at LargeZatoichi in DepserationZatoichi’s Conspiracy
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Kadokawa Herald PicturesToho Co.
Featuring: Shintaro Katsu, Naoko Kubo, Rentaro Mikuni, Shogo Shimada, Nobuo Kaneko, Jushiro Konoe, Michiyo Okusu, Mikio Narita, Norihei Miki, Shigeru Amachi, Kanbi Fujiyama, Shiho Fujimara, Tatsuya Nakadai, Jimmy Wang, Toshiro Mifune, Yoshiko Mita, Yukiyo Toake, Kiwako Taichi, Takashi Shimura, Mikiko Tsubouchi, Miwa Takada, Makoto Sato, Masayo Banri, Jun Hamamura, Isao Yamagata, Katsuo Nakamura, Eijiro Tono, Chizuru Hayashi, Yoshie Mizutani, Mayumi Nagisa, Machiko Hasegawa, Tomisaburo Wakayama, Seizaburo Kawazu, Ko Nishimura, Eiko Taki, Reiko Fujiwara, Takeshi Kato, Yuko Hamada, Hisashi Igawa, Yoshihiko Aoyama, Mikijiro Hira, Ryuzo Shimada, Kaneko Iwasaki, Fujio Suga, Masako Akeboshi, Eiji Okada, Kenjiro Ishiyama, Toru Abe, Toshiyuki Hosokawa, Gen Kimura, Fujio Harumoto, Masao Mishima, Gaku Yamamoto, Kichijiro Ueda, Koichi Mizuhara, Sachiko Kobayashi, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Kunie Tanaka, Kei Sato, Mayumi Ogawa, Masumi Harukawa, Tatsuo Endo, Rie Yokoyama, Makota Fujita, Sonosuke Sawamura, Sachiko Murase
The colossally popular Zatoichi films make up the longest-running action series in Japanese history and created one of the screen’s great heroes: an itinerant blind masseur who also happens to be a lightning-fast swordsman. As this iconic figure, the charismatic and earthy Shintaro Katsu became an instant superstar, lending a larger-than-life presence to the thrilling adventures of a man who lives staunchly by a code of honor and delivers justice in every town and village he enters. The films that feature him are variously pulse-pounding, hilarious, stirring, and completely off-the-wall. This deluxe set features the string of twenty-five Zatoichi films made between 1962 and 1973, collected in one package for the first time.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audio: Japanese 1.0 PCM Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: A
Discs: 9 Discs |  BD-50

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Supplements

  • The Blind Swordsman, a 1978 documentary about Zatoichi portrayer and filmmaker Shintaro Katsu, along with a new interview with its director, John Nathan
  • New interview with Asian-film critic Tony Rayns
  • Trailers
  • A book featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien; synopses of the films by critic, novelist, and musician Chris D.; “The Tale of Zatoichi,” the original short story by Kan Shimozawa; and twenty-five new illustrations inspired by the films, by twenty-five different artists

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The Tale of Zatoichi
The Tale of Zatoichi Continues
New Tale of Zatoichi
Zatoichi the Fugitive
Zatoichi on the Road
Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold
Zatoichi's Flashing Sword
Fight, Zatoichi, Fight
Adventures of Zatoichi
Zatoichi's Revenge
Zatoichi and the Doomed Man
Zatoichi and the Chess Expert
Zatoichi's Vengeance
Zatoichi's Pilgrimage
Zatoichi's Cane Sword
Zatoichi the Outlaw
Zatoichi Challenged
Zatoichi and the Fugitives
Samaritan Zatoichi
Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo
Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival
Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman
Zatoichi at Large
Zatoichi in Depseration
Zatoichi’s Conspiracy
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