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Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 4

Shintarô Katsu , Shintarô Akatsuki  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Shintarô Katsu, Shintarô Akatsuki, Renji Ishibashi, Keizô Kanie, Daigo Kusano
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: June 13, 2006
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,857 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 4" on IMDb

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A threat is uttered, a blade is drawn, a flash of cold steel and then ... a dozen attackers lay dead, dispatched by the lightening sword of one blind man: Zatoichi. A humble masseur and gambler, Zatoichi wanders from town to town plying his trade and rolling the dice. With kind heart and lethal sword skill, he is protector of the innocent and the ruin of wicked men.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have August 20, 2006
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Zatoichi Vol. Four is as good as the first three volumes. Like some of the other episodes they do tend to be simular to some of the films. Despite this, the series is excellent. You forget your watching a tv show and you are immersed into the continuing story of ichi. I am so happy that these are finally coming out on dvd, slowly, but being the huge fan of Ichi that I am, I couldn't get enough with the 25 of 26 films available. Where's #14???? My only complaint is that media blasters would release the series by seasons and not volumes. The 4th vol is still season 1. There are 100 epsiodes to the series and with only 4 or 5 on each vol, well do the math that's a lot of volumes. If you like the films and you are a fan of samurai cinema, these dvd's are a must have.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ZATOICHI TV SERIES, VOL. 4: EPISODES 14-17 September 3, 2007
This is an excellent volume of the Zatoichi Television series, which Media Blasters and Tokyo Shock have put together. Thus far, 26 complete episodes of the entire first season have been compiled. If anyone is not sure that these episodes are as good as the films, then I would highly recommend that you purchase or rent this Volume No. 4. It is a great one! Also, you may notice several of the characters in the films also reprise their roles in these TV episodes. Moreover, there are some that also cull the material from the films with slight to not so slight deviations. However, they are done with class, and are excellent to watch. This Volume comes highly, highly recommended. [Stars: 5+] The episodes are as follows:

#14: "FIGHTING JOURNEY WITH BABY IN TOW." This TV episode borrows some elements from the film "Zatoichi #8: Fight Zatoichi Fight." Here as in the film, Ichi offers his palanquin to a woman with a baby, and as a result, assassins seeking Ichi mistake the palanquin as his, which results in tragedy. As Ichi sets out to find the father, the assassins are in full pursuit. Now, even though it is almost like Zatoichi #8, it is still a very good film. I thought about marking down a half point because of the film version, however, this is too good an episode not to give it a full 5-stars. This film also has great cinematography, and once again, it is a very good remake. [Stars: 5]

#15: "FESTIVAL SONG OF THE RAVEN." The transfer on this particular episode is great. With excellent cinematography, action and drama, this 15th TV episode is outstanding! As the episode opens, a group of assassins lay in wait for Ichi, but he spares one of them who promises to go back home, and walk a righteous path. The man vows to do this, however, something happens to him as Ichi leaves the area.
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1.0 out of 5 stars zatoichi Vol. 4 December 7, 2011
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This is the worst quality of video and audio I have ever watched. I don't know if I received a bad disc but disc 1 stopped playing after a few minutes. I watched disc 2, the quality of video and audio are very bad. Would not recommend anyone to buy this vol.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars zatoichi vol 4 July 19, 2006
i buy movies from japan all the time in the best place,zatoichi is the best samurai ever


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5.0 out of 5 stars Shintaro Katsu the Blind Swordsman May 4, 2008
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Excellent color and picture quality. I will try to collect all that have been colorized.
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