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The Blind Swordsman: ZatoichiBlind traveler Zatoichi (Beat Takeshi) is a master swordsman and a masseur with a fondness for gambling on dice games. When coming to a town in control of warring gangs, bunking with a farming family, he meets two women with their own agenda.
Actors of "The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi"
Characters of "The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi"
Directors of "The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi"Takeshi KitanoBirthdate: 18 January 1947, Tokyo, Japan
Creators of "The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi"Takeshi KitanoBirthdate: 18 January 1947, Tokyo, JapanKan ShimozawaBirthdate: 1 February 1892, Atsuta-mura, Atsuta-gun, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan
Critic Reviews of "The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi"Associated PressMay 27, 2011
The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi begins life as a straight-up samurai movie, evolves into a slapstick comedy and ends as a rousing, tap-dancing musical.NewsweekNovember 01, 2007
Zatoichi is a mix-and-match crowd-pleaser that shouldn't add up, but delightfully does.Time OutFebruary 09, 2006
However improbably, Kitano pulls it off quite gloriously. Admittedly, this isn't one of his most idiosyncratic, innovative or, indeed, satisfying works, but it's without doubt fast, funny, fabulous to behold.Arizona RepublicSeptember 30, 2004
For those unfamiliar with such films, Zatoichi might be a little off-putting. But given a chance, the movie can be pretty entertaining.Orlando SentinelAugust 27, 2004
This isn't arty violence, just violence, and pretty pedestrian for a samurai picture.Miami HeraldAugust 20, 2004
This is a wonderfully odd movie, proof that an artist can leave his personal stamp on any film, no matter the genre.Common Sense MediaDecember 28, 2010
This non-traditional samurai movie isn't for kids.Movie ViewsSeptember 27, 2009
Violent and bloody, carefully choreographed and filled with dry humor, Takeshi Kitano's modern take on the classic Japanese character is a unique vision that's told with confidence.Movie MetropolisSeptember 22, 2009
Zatoichi is a bloody film that also manages to be beautiful and funny.Cinema SignalsSeptember 17, 2009
Three-frame cuts of the action from multiple camera angles, hose-spurted blood and superimposed wounds do what they can in their primitive way to get you past the problem of improbability.Cinema CrazedApril 29, 2009
Beat Takeshi's take on the Zatoichi storyline is very entertaining and continuously original...
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