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Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 9 - Adventures of Zatoichi (1964)

Shintar˘ Katsu , Miwa Takada , Kimiyoshi Yasuda  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Shintar˘ Katsu, Miwa Takada, Eiko Taki, Kichijir˘ Ueda, Daimaru
  • Directors: Kimiyoshi Yasuda
  • 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: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A02TR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,818 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 9 - Adventures of Zatoichi" on IMDb

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While corrupt bosses exploit hard-working merchants preparing for a New Year’s celebration, Zatoichi dispenses justice with the edge of his cane sword.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Zatoichi story August 7, 2005
Zatoichi#9 The Adventures of Zatoichi has the blind masseur once again trying to do someone a favor and facing unexpected problems. By delivering a note to a young woman who works at the inn where he is going to greet the new year, Master Ichi becomes involved in the plots of Jinbei, the local Yakuza crime boss. He meets Miss Sen, whose brother was betrayed by Jinbei, and Miss Saki, daughter of a village headman last seen in the nearby area. The two women's stories are intertwined as Zatoichi attempts to help them both.

The Japan shown in the Zatoichi movies is not the Japan of Kurosawa and Mifuni.

It is rural Japan made up of small villages controlled by easily corrupted Yakuza bosses. The code of Bushido doesn't apply: any Samurai are usually masterless ronin devoid of any high standards. Crime is common; peasants and bandits survived as well as they could. Life was often miserable.

Zatoichi is a Japanese movie icon because of the acting of Shintaro Katsu. Master Ichi is unique because of his personal code of honor- be kind to those who deserve it, but beware to those who would take advantage of a homeless blind man. He hopes never to have to draw the razor-sharp sword hidden in his cane, but usually has no choice. The sword-fighting scenes are superbly choreographed, realistic, and full speed with no slow-motion slice-and-dice shots.

Watch for the interactions between Ichi and the children he encounters. He respects innocence in any form. Also pay heed to his treatment of the elderly alcoholic beggar called `Gramps' in the subtitles.

Viewers would expect a homeless blindman to be deeply cynical, soured by the misery and evil surrounding him. Zatoichi believes in justice, no matter what life brings him. All the Zatoichi movies are available at Amazon. They are well worth watching. I recommend them highly.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep them coming guys & girls of HVE! July 7, 2003
I just caught this one during the weekend on IFC (Independent Film Channel) here in the good ole USA. And a feeling of joy came over me, as I realized the people at HVE, (Home Vision Entertainment, who are also the distributors of the famed Criterion Collection dvd's) in conjuction with Janus Films, must be coming out with series 9, 10, and 11, in the next series of "Zatoichi The Blind Swordsman". My first thought was to come over here on Amazon, and to see if it was indeed true that they were coming out with these next 3, and to my delightful surprize, they are, on August 19th, 2003. They are all numbered, just like their famed Criterion's that they put out. But the numbers of these, are also in conjuction with how the order of the series ran. They've been showing the first 8 on IFC for so long now, and when I saw this one, I knew they must finally be putting the next 3 out. That's how they been doing them over at HVE, is putting them out by 3's. There's 26 total in the Zatoichi series, and it looks like they're going to keep going for now with them until they get them all? Hopefully, this is the case? These series of Zatoichi are so much fun to watch. I just happened one day to catch one on IFC, and I had to learn more about this man they call Zatoichi, played by the loveable Shintaro Katsu, in a very convincing role. You'd swear he was born with that cane sword in his hand, he uses it with such ease & style.These series mix adventure, with comedy as well, as Zatoichi meets foes in every town he happens upon. Helping out the weak, and needy. You can't help but love the guy.In this one titled, "The Adventures Of A Blind-Man", he happens to go to a town for the celebration of the New Year, and meets a woman who believes her father is either dead, or just missing. Read more ›
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good adventure December 9, 2001
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Zatoichi at it again. The humble massuer stumbles into to a town or person and brings the corrupt and wicked to justice with his fast and furious swordwork. This film is another great installment of the Zatoichi series. These movies are all highly entertaining and a joy to own and watch. These films were all made in the 60's but are of a really high quality. What I like most about these films is that they deal more with the common people of that era of Japan rather than just dwelling on the Samurai cast. Highly recommended.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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The Zato Ichi Series features blind adventurer, expert swordsman who is protector of the weak. With all the vices including drinking and gambling, Ichi is surprisingly believeable in this improbable sounding film. Action packed and compasionate, this film shows a rarely seen aspect of the Japanese consciousness. This, like many of the Ichi films, includes unexpected twists and turns in the plot that make for an enjoyable evening of intertainment.
I recommend this film without reservations to young and old alike.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Zatoichi - blind swordsman of feudal Japan is a surprisingly believeable yet unlikely hero. Despite vices of drink, smoking and gambling -- he consistently defends the weak and powerless during this hour and a half, fun filled movie that shifts seamlessly from fast action to humor and finally to deep human sentimentality in a way that is not often shown in Japanese movies. I recommend this movie highly for anyone interested in a light hearted mixture of action and humor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top
I am to much a fan to be objective. So all I can tell is buy it and be one too.
Published 14 months ago by Guy Emberik
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great Zatoichi movie!
One of the great Zatoichi movie!
Again one of the Zatoichi movie that I love to watch.
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Published 15 months ago by Blue
5.0 out of 5 stars Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 9 - Adventures of Zatoichi
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 17 months ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars An alltime favorite!!
I have enjoyed Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman for many years. It was on early Sunday mornings. Shintaro Katsu is the actor I love the most for this character, the other falls short... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Hilda Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Same plot but different movie...
Zatoichi is a nice guy and agrees to delivery a note to a girl in the inn, an inn which happens to be in the direction he is going. Read more
Published on February 4, 2011 by Michael Valdivielso
5.0 out of 5 stars The Legend Continues!
Another fantastic entry into the series of 26 films. This is easily one of the best film series ever made. And this film is another 5 star in the series. Read more
Published on February 26, 2010 by The Slasher
3.0 out of 5 stars Shintaro Katsu is amazing!!
Another great entry in the famed Zatoichi series. Fast paced action, great story, and remarkable personality from the ever pleasing Shintaro Katsu as the the famous blind swordman. Read more
Published on November 3, 2009 by Janet L. Herron
5.0 out of 5 stars They had it comin'
In Zatoichi 9 you really get behind the character played so well by Shintaro Katsu. You want to see him ultimately slaughter the evil bosses who are oppressing the merchants so... Read more
Published on December 28, 2007 by Chess Buddhist
4.0 out of 5 stars #9 & #10: WHEN WILL THE VILLIANS EVER LEARN?
This review is for Zatoichi No.9 and No.10 below. The amazon system has errors and will not post the #10 review [sends it to Zatoichi #10 & #13]. Read more
Published on September 3, 2006 by Ernest Jagger
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