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ZATOICHI THE OUTLAW

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Product Details

  • Actors: Shintarô Katsu, Rentarô Mikuni, Kô Nishimura, Yuko Hamada, Kenjirô Ishiyama
  • Directors: Satsuo Yamamoto
  • Writers: Kan Shimozawa, Kiyokata Saruwaka, Koji Matsumoto, Takehiro Nakajima
  • Producers: Masaichi Nagata, Tokuko Miyako
  • Format: Color, Restored, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: ANIMEIGO
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001610OS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,301 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Zatoichi 16 - The Outlaw" on IMDb

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 19, 2009
Format: DVD
"Zatoichi the Outlaw" is the sixteenth in the fantastic Zatoichi series. It is a little different in tone from previous entries, as it is the first installment co-produced by star Katsu Shintaro's production company, Katsu Productions, and also the first in the series released by Toho studios. (In truth the movie was filmed under the previous Daiei Studios before they went bankrupt, and was only released by Toho. This confusion gave me a little chuckle as the first image on the DVD is the Daiei logo, but the English subtitle reads "the Toho Company.")

More intrigue and altruism than action, "Zatoichi the Outlaw" (Japanese title "Zatoichi ryoyaburi" or "Zatoichi's Jailbreak") pits a group of peasants trying to create a utopian, agrarian culture (singing songs of "no drinking and no gambling, no fighting and whoring!") against a group of yakuza gangsters who want the peasants to fail in order to drive up the profits at their dens of vice. The peasants are supported by a honorable samurai lord who wants to see them succeed, and by Asagoro, a wandering samurai like Zatoichi who believes in their dream. Zatoichi takes sides, and with his flashing cane sword sets up Asagoro as the new village leader. Content with his actions, Zatoichi wanders off to his next adventure, but has reason to regret as he finds that Asagoro played him for a pawn, and all is not what it seems.

Directed by Yamamoto Satsuo (The Haunted Lantern), "Zatoichi the Outlaw" is far denser in storyline than previous entries, and lighter on action. Also, it represents a turning point in the level of violence and blood.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ernest Jagger on September 2, 2006
Format: DVD
This 16th episode of Zatoichi tends to have a more complicated plotline than usual. This may be due to the fact that there are quite a few complicated characters in this film. Farmers in the province that Ichi has wandered into have clashed with the local Yakuza bosses, who wish to see the farms fail in order to increase their revenues.

The champion of the farmers are led by two different groups. One is by benenvolent and caring boss who wants to see the farmers taken care of better, and the other is a sort of philospher-samurai who wants to start an agrarian cooperative of sorts. The Yakuza bosses want to see the farms fail, because it will help increase their gambling revenues. Sound a little complicated yet?

The acting in this episode is very good; however, it seems as if the director Satsuo Yamamoto was trying to put too much into this particular Zatoichi episode. Moreover, lost in this film is the noble qualities that we are used to with the Ichi character. I believe too much reliance on severed limbs, and lots of blood was the major problem with this episode. Yes, I am aware that Ichi lives in violent times and the nature of the swordsman sometimes requires the lopping off of a limb or two. But good writing always takes precedence to the violence.

However, the cinematography in the film is absolutely beautiful as usual: The stunning Japanese countryside is shown in all its splendor. I would not say this was the worst Zatoichi film. It could have been better; however, the storyline just didn't go anywhere with me. Recommended, but with caution.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1999
ZatoIchi, blind swordsman of Japan is at his best. The film portrays a historical period of Japanese history largely unknown to Western Audiences.
Ichi once again protects the weak while making fools of the corrupt and powerful. The film provides blend of interesting & unexpected turns of fate with fast paced action.
Definitely a film of the moral high ground. Recommended for all audiences, although some may find the film violent for young audiences.
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I'm extremely flabbergasted by the quality of this DVD. It is only 1% of the quality of the animeigo version which I thought I was buying. Instead I got this DVD video from NIT World Movie Inc. It is by far the worst DVD I have ever seen in terms of the video quality. It resembles something that might be recorded in a darkened movie theater with a cheap video non HD recorder.

I know what I am talking about because I found out that I have the Animeigo version of this same movie and I made the direct comparison. The Animeigo version is of equivalent quality to all the others in the Zatoichi series of which I have all 26 episodes.

I wasted $16 on this NIT World Movie Inc version.
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By PogueMahone on September 26, 2009
Format: DVD
This is just a review of the technical aspect of the film. I thought the Animeigo transfer was horrible. The sound is especially horrendous as it is extremely tinny and grating. I had to almost turn the sound off to make it bearable...thank God for subtitles! The colors were good but it looked like a digital photo "sharpened" too many times. I prefer the previous company, Image Entertainment. Plus, you get a cool poster of the movie...:p Finally, just let me clarify that this is only for the quality of the transfer NOT the content which is the usual fun and cool Zatoichi!
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