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Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (Reissue)

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Plot Synopsis:

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.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: September 13th, 2016
    Movie Release Year: 1964
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:2190 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray
    9-Discs
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):2.35:1
    Audio Formats:Japanese Uncompressed Monaural
    Subtitles/Captions:English
    Special Features: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
    PLUS: 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