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Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 3 - New Tale of Zatoichi (1963)

Shintar˘ Katsu , Mikiko Tsubouchi , Tokuz˘ Tanaka  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Shintar˘ Katsu, Mikiko Tsubouchi, Seizabur˘ Kawazu, Fujio Suga, Mieko Kond˘
  • Directors: Tokuz˘ Tanaka
  • Writers: Kan Shimozawa, Minoru Inuzuka
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: 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: October 22, 2002
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006IUI1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,026 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 3 - New Tale of Zatoichi" on IMDb

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With more killer swordsmanship, romance and action packed drama, the Blind Swordsman is back in the first color episode of the Zatoichi series. Masseur Ichi returns to his home village to discover that the teacher who trained him has been hiring out his skills with the sword to a ruthless gang of kidnappers. Meanwhile the mentor’s sister offers herself in marriage to our hero who must decline on account of his many enemies and the danger that would bring to any woman Ichi was known to love.

Masseur Ichi, the blind master swordsman who became a cultural phenomenon under the gentle touch of Shintaro Katsu, finds you can't go home again in the first color film of the long-running adventure series. Redemption waits just out of reach when his old master's sister offers herself to the humble hero, but his corrupt master (who has thrown his lot in with a local gang of bandits) will have none of it. The hearty reunion turns sour and a showdown is inevitable. Quieter and calmer than the previous films, this entry emphasizes the metamorphosis of Ichi from jovial scoundrel to tragic hero while still delivering the short, swift swordfights that highlight the series. Ichi's reluctance to enter battle is matched only by his fierce, fatal attack: a fight with Ichi rarely lasts more than a single searing stroke. The fold-out insert features trivia and a recap of previous films. --Sean Axmaker

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Subtitles October 12, 2004
The 3rd volume of the Zatoichi series of movies continues where the last one left off. Zatoichi returns home and meets up with his old sensei. However, his homecoming is marred by the fact that the brother of one of the men Zatoichi had to kill previously wants revenge. To make matters worse, his sensei's sister wishes to marry Zatoichi, but the way of the sword may prove to be greater than love.

The translation quality of the third volume is improved over the previous two movies. As such, some Japanese honorifics make it into the subtitles and rather than translate Japanese words for brother/sister into character names, they are translated as brother/sister. So that's a big improvement. I hope this trend continues in the next movies.

As for the movie, it is another good one. I'm normally not a fan of old movies, but there is just something about this samurai series that I really enjoy. Shintarou Katsu does a fantastic job as Zatoichi. The sword work is really something to see.

Bottom line: I really recommend this title for fans of samurai anime titles or who are interested in Japanese culture. If you are looking for a pretty good action/adventure flick with a bit of romance (similar to old American westerns), then this may be the title for you.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zatoichi #3 November 2, 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I really appreciate Home Vision Entertainments production of the Zatoichi movie series. Each release has been an excellent presentation of Zatoichi. As a Japenese Samurai Movie fan I think that this series of DVD's is the best. The character of Zatoichi is very compelling and each story helps you identify with this Blind Swordsman who is always trying to do good for others. The examples of Japenese culture during this time period is very beautiful and detailed. Shintaro Katsu displays a wide range of emotions as Zatoichi and his display of swordmanship is excellent.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good zatoichi film October 28, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Man what can I say. This is the fourth Zatoichi film I have ordered and it was just as good as the others. In this one he meets his old fencing teacher, but hey I don't want to spoil the plot for anyone. Suffice it to say these are great movies. Well acted and filmed with some incredible choreography in the sword fights. If you like martial arts films or like westerns where a lone guy brings justice to the wicked you will like these movies.
And these movies are well made they are not those cheap chinese kung fu flicks, but well produced and acted films. They are Japanese films and of much higher quality.Try one you will like it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The hero that never gets the girl. August 11, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Zatoichi's appeal has a lot to do with his imperfections. He's blind, lacks social status, and is not proud of his own legacy of violence. Yet he's motivated by compassion and a sense of justice that prompt him to take action, whatever the consequences.
And then there's the dazzling use of his sword.
As blind swordsman and itinerate massuer, Zatoichi, the late actor Shintaro Katsu walks you through the bright spots and corrupt dark alleys of Edo period Japan.
In "Massuer Ichi Enters Again" (1963) Zatoichi finds love, meets his old fencing teacher, and characteristically rights some wrongs on the way.
Katsu is definitely in his prime, and the film is a sheer pleasure to watch. (MW)
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Zato Film September 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The Zatoichi films, including this one, are an excellent example of the Eastern Western. Zato hobbles into town, comes upon evil, corrects it the best way he can, and leaves. The swordplay is delightfully impossible. But that's the Zen way...
A Japanese-speaking martial-arts teacher friend of mine knows the films by heart and notes that the early films are more "for fun" but Zato (or his creator) becomes more introspective as the series develops and finally allows Zato to die in the last film.
In "The Blind Swordman's Cane Sword" the opening scene has Zato reacting suddenly to a flight of rooks past his head and slicing two of them into fillets.
"There I go, killing again," Zato says rather sadly. At this point Zato's conscience is beginning to bother him.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "zato, zato, that is what they call me" July 22, 2006
By morgoth
So I love it how Z galways gambles, always has something to do with some woman, but I wish that he would sing every movie. Thet is just one of the many highlights oif this film. The first real Zatoichi movie I saw was Chest of Gold(#7) and I was gonna give this a 4/5 cause it didn't have as much action as that. But after watching the very first movie before this, I have to give it a 5. There is plenty of action. Not the best I have ever seen, but it is pretty good for the first ever color Zatoichi film. The subtitles that you read on the screen are poetry and the images are much more than I can describe. The conflict going on is serious and had me wondering what Z was gonna do the whole way.

He comes into town to see his old master. What happens from there is one of those cases where you know what is gonna happnen, but you just wanna see exactly how it plays out. I have to force myself not to give anything away but even though I would rank this the third best out of three of these movies I have seen, it was certainly the best story overall. Ichi lives by the Yukuza code and doesn't take nothin from nobody. And if he does there is a reason for it, trust me. I know I have said it on my other reviews of these, but these are truly some of the best movies I have ever seen.

I still have to see # 2 in the series but you can tell that they stepped up the action greatly from the first film to this one and I can't wait until I get later into the series:)

For the first color Zatoichi movie the picture is more than good and I dare you to find a better release of this movie than Home Video Entertainment has.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like feudal japanese swordplay
Zaotichi is always the bomb! If you like feudal japanese swordplay, then this is the best! All episodes are up on amazon prime.. great for a binge run..
Published 1 month ago by John Lebourgeois
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by LUIZ A. LOPES
5.0 out of 5 stars Zatoichi
I've had all of the movie DVDs for a couple of years except for the first three, the beginning of the story. I finally scored.
Published 19 months ago by herodotus
5.0 out of 5 stars No such thing as a bad Zatoichi movie.
Like the title said no such thing as a bad Zatoichi movie. I think it's the first color episode they made and it kind of gives you the back story of where he learned to use his... Read more
Published on September 20, 2012 by D. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars In some ways, the most complex of the Zatoichi films
The term "zato" indicates a man who is of the status of a blind itinerant masseur who travels from town to town giving massages as a way to make a living. Read more
Published on December 30, 2011 by Wave Tossed
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but incredibly slow
This is the 3rd episode in the Zatoichi series and the first to be done in color. Let me start by saying the color photography is just gorgeous, with light, shadow and pastellish... Read more
Published on January 5, 2010 by Green Manalishi
3.0 out of 5 stars Another great Zatiochi entry
The blind swordman must fight his former master. Great story and lots of sword-clashing action that can only be delivered by Shintaro Katsu.
Published on November 3, 2009 by Janet L. Herron
5.0 out of 5 stars #3: A CLASSIC ZATOICHI EPISODE
This 3rd entry of the Zatoichi series is also the first color episode. It is also a classic, in my opinion. This film opens up with a tie-in to the 2nd Zatoichi episode. Read more
Published on September 4, 2006 by Ernest Jagger
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