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Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 11 - Zatoichi and the Doomed Man (1965)

Shintarô Katsu , Kanbi Fujiyama , Kazuo Mori  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Shintarô Katsu, Kanbi Fujiyama, Eiko Taki, Masako Myojo, Kenjirô Ishiyama
  • Directors: Kazuo Mori
  • Writers: Kan Shimozawa, Shozaburo Asai
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A02TT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,825 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 11 - Zatoichi and the Doomed Man" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Paired with a witty, harmless con man, Shintaro Katsu mixes intoxicating swordplay and side-splitting slapstick in a tale where Zatoichi’s fate collides with an innocent man facing execution.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fake Zatoichi and an underhanded obligation May 25, 2005
Format:DVD
Zatoichi, in jail due to illegal gambling, meets a co-prisoner who has been sentenced to die on false charges. "Help me!" the Doomed Man pleads to the Blind Swordsman. After prison, a man Zatoichi meets on the road begins to impersonate Zatoichi, ringing up huge bills at hotels and Geisha houses, before sneaking off into the night. And from there, the story begins.

"Zatoichi and the Doomed Man" ("Zatoichi sakate giri" or "Zatoichi's Underhanded Obligation") has Zatoichi attempting to clear two names, both the prisoners and his own. The false Zatoichi is leaving a disgruntled populace in his wake, as he sells Zatoichi's reputation to local Mob Bosses, then ditches before the fighting starts. The real Zatoichi, mostly ignorant of this double-play, follows in the impostor's wake, trying to locate the one man who can free his prison companion, doomed to die.

A good flick overall, with the impostor Zatoichi having some really funny comedy scenes, and Katsu Shintaro busting out all of his amazing sword techniques. The Doomed Man himself is a blatant plot-device to get Zatoichi into action, but serves his purpose. Not really epic in scope, or amazing in plot, all the actors do a good job creating a decent character-orientated swordfight flick. You will have fun with this one.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blind Swordsman Undefeated August 4, 2005
By Ryan
Format:DVD
This was the very first Zatoichi movie I saw and I loved it. I was very impressed with the acting and the samurai action; especially Zatoichi. After I saw it I immediately began collecting the series. This is a must have for Zatoichi fans.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zatoichi never dissapoints. April 30, 2005
Format:DVD
This movie may not be the most action packed in the Zatoichi series, but the overall character development was well worth it. If you love Zatoichi you cant go wrong.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I love zatoichi June 10, 2004
Format:DVD
This is not the typical Zatoichi movie. It has its good points, Zen moments, new situations for the blind hero, and the only two-sword performance in the series. The effort into this movie to stand out from the others feels a little unwelcome and a half-hearted effort in humor and plot, but a few scenes make it worth it. The idea in this one is that when Ichi tries to shrug off his typical sense of duty as a hero he is somehow led right back to it and we are offered this Zen detachment theme. As always there are a few memorable sword fights and demonstrations of skill. I would suggest its predecessors first.
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4.0 out of 5 stars #11: ZATOICHI IMPERSONATED! September 3, 2006
Format:DVD
This 11th entry of the Zatoichi series is more of a blend of comical adventure mixed in with drama. The opening film finds Ichi imprisoned for illegal gambling. While incarcerated he meets a fellow prisoner who tells Zatoichi that he is innocent, and implores Ichi to help him. Another drama unfolds elsewhere for Zatoichi as well when he discovers that another person has been impersonatinig him. And all the while running up huge bills and leaving the citizens of the places he visits upset.

Therefore, Zatoichi must clear not only the man who claims he is innocent, but his name as well. The fake Zatoichi sells himself to local Yakuza bosses and then flees before his services are needed. Upset, Ichi attempts to get to the bottom of all of this while also trying to help the "Doomed Man," in prison. The film is more of a light-hearted fare of the Zatoichi series. The comedic scenes of the fake Zatoichi are humorous; and a break from the more serious-themed Zatoichi episodes is attempted. All in all a welcome break, and a very good film. This is a fun watch and recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top August 21, 2013
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I am to much a fan to be objective. So all I can tell is buy it and be one too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 11 - Zatoichi and the Doomed Man
I am a big fan of Shintaro Katsu and if your into samurai movies then check his movies out and see what you think.
Published 13 months ago by Bill
4.0 out of 5 stars One loveable character
I will not bother to write a different review for each Zatoichi movie. I have all twenty six of his movies and have watched all of them multiple times. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Gerald Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars A doomed man asks for help...
Zatoichi, in jail for gambling, meets a man who will die unless he can prove himself innocent of the crimes they say he did. Read more
Published on February 4, 2011 by Michael Valdivielso
5.0 out of 5 stars Justice is Blind...Good Thing I'm Not!
What is there to say? If you like the other Zatoichi films then you will enjoy this one. Like all of the other films there is a slight twist to the plot to keep it interesting to... Read more
Published on April 6, 2010 by D. L. Haynes
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest!
Easily one of the funniest movies in the series! The imposter Ichi has some great physical comedy. All in all a really fun campy sword film. Definitely not one to be missed. Read more
Published on February 25, 2010 by The Slasher
5.0 out of 5 stars You may wish his sidekick was doomed
This film opens strong, with Zato taking 50 lashes in his own phlegmatic style, then amazing us with his blind marksmanship using bow and arrow. Read more
Published on December 28, 2007 by Chess Buddhist
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