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The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi
Blind 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.
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August 20, 2004This is a wonderfully odd movie, proof that an artist can leave his personal stamp on any film, no matter the genre.
September 30, 2004For those unfamiliar with such films, Zatoichi might be a little off-putting. But given a chance, the movie can be pretty entertaining.
April 29, 2009Beat Takeshi's take on the Zatoichi storyline is very entertaining and continuously original...
September 22, 2009Zatoichi is a bloody film that also manages to be beautiful and funny.
September 27, 2009Violent 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.
November 01, 2007Zatoichi is a mix-and-match crowd-pleaser that shouldn't add up, but delightfully does.
September 17, 2009Three-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.
February 09, 2006However 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.
August 27, 2004This isn't arty violence, just violence, and pretty pedestrian for a samurai picture.
May 27, 2011The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi begins life as a straight-up samurai movie, evolves into a slapstick comedy and ends as a rousing, tap-dancing musical.
December 28, 2010This non-traditional samurai movie isn't for kids.