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

Shintarô Katsu , Kanbi Fujiyama , Kazuo Mori  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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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: #195,914 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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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
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
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
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
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
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 A doomed man asks for help... February 4, 2011
Zatoichi, in jail for gambling, meets a man who will die unless he can prove himself innocent of the crimes they say he did. Zatoichi ends up deciding to try to help the man by getting in touch with his Bosses - at least they will prove he didn't do it. But, if you are a fan of these films, you know things are never that easy. First there is a con-man, want-to-be monk that steals his name. Then there is the woman he finds tied up. Don't ask. Tons of humor, lots of sword play, and just a plot that never stops twisting. Also, the big fight in the end had some interesting ideas - the bad guys were trying to find ways to trap Zatoichi without putting themselves into too much danger. I will not say anything else for fear of spoiling those moments.
As always Shintaro Katsu is wonderfully funny and, sometimes, woefully tragic. His character REALLY would prefer it if he didn't have to kill people and sometimes I think he really wants to get away from humanity. Delightful!
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