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Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 13 - Zatoichi's Vengeance (1971)

Shintarô Katsu , Shigeru Amachi , Tokuzô Tanaka  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Shintarô Katsu, Shigeru Amachi, Jun Hamamura, Gen Kimura, Kanae Kobayashi
  • Directors: Tokuzô Tanaka
  • Writers: Hajime Takaiwa, Kan Shimozawa
  • 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: Homevision
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001OGURC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,020 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 13 - Zatoichi's Vengeance" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

With 25 film sequels and upwards of 100 TV episodes, Shintaro Katsu is the legendary Zatoichi! He’s a low-ranking blind masseur who lives by the Yakuza code and answers his foes with a deadly cane sword. By far one of Japan’s most time-honored screen personas, Zatoichi is to this day the ultimate everyman anti-hero.

A fast moving entry in the Blind Swordsman series, Zatoichi’s Vengeance is a tour de force of nonstop action. The blind swordsman meets a dying man who makes Zatoichi promise to deliver a large sum of money to his young son, Taichi. Zatoichi’s skill with his sword results in the death of several of the men, and Taichi sees Zatoichi as a second father. But a blind monk forces Zatoichi to question the violence of his existence and his future as a swordsman.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
For some reason, Amazon has posted identical reviews for both Vol. 10 and Vol. 13 of this series.

The previous reviewer has indicated that this is misleading, which is correct. However, it is not correct that the reviewers are doing the misleading, since all reviews posted for both Vol. 10 and Vol. 13 are showing up in both places, which is Amazon's error.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Duplicate Reviews Showing Up for 10 and 13 of Series November 24, 2005
Format:DVD
Thanks to the previous reviewer for pointing this out.

The review posted March 2005 applies to Vol. 10, and the review posted July 2005 obviously applies to Vol. 13.

As far as the one from 2002, it's anyone's guess.

Both 10 and 13 are terrific movies, but I will need to rewatch them to do a better review. And I would like to do one large review of both since it will end up listed in both places. Meanwhile, I have done reviews for Vols. 1 and 8 of this series, if you would like to know what I think about them.

--Irene Hamilton, big Zatoichi fan
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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*(This review was posted for Vol. 13, and is meant for Vol. 13, but is also showing up for Vol. 10, as several other reviewers have pointed out.)*

Like the other movies in the Zatoichi series, this story features strong female characters, exciting and well-staged swordplay, tasteful violence (no blood and gore), and our hero only killing when absolutely forced to. While there is nothing new to the basic storyline of this movie - Ichi saving townspeople and merchants from a band of evil men - there are many unique and surprising elements to this tale which set it apart from the others.

First, the ingenuity of Ichi's adversaries in using drums to hinder his hearing is somewhat surprising. Normally, his opponents are not quite that clever.

Also, the swordsmanship (skill and technique) is significantly raised to a much more intricate level when Ichi fights the samurai. This is a noticeable difference from the simplicity he usually employs against more the common/obscure swordsman he generally faces.

Another unexpected surprise is the amount of abuse Ichi is willing to take before acting to defend himself. He is bloodied and bruised when severely beaten; yet, he does not act, seemingly because he does not want to have to kill in front of a child, or risk provoking the evildoers into more extreme action against those he is trying to protect.

The addition of Ichi slipping and falling on the stairs at the end of the movie really showcases his vulnerability, reminding us that even heroes stumble.

One of the female characters, the wife of the innkeeper, demonstrates even more strength than the women in other films of this series: Though they beat and threaten her, she is able to stand up to her harassers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Japanese cinema at its very best May 10, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
With the slew of well known asian films from the likes of Kurosawa, Tsui Hark, ect. it is easy to overlook these precious gems known as the Zatoichi series. Truly incredible, Shintaro Katsu owns this role and plays the part so damned well you'd swear he must have walked around every day of his life carrying a cane sword and pretending to be blind. The swordplay scenes are some of the greatest I have ever witnessed and I've seen it all. They are so realistic and provide a nice counterpoint to the frantic flying wirework approach of the chinese. If you are a fan of Japanese cinema you owe it to yourself to see these films. I guarantee you will be utterly captivated from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars #13: ZATOICHI, TO DRAW THE SWORD OR NOT! September 2, 2006
Format:DVD
The 13th entry of Zatoichi starring Shintaro Katsu is a truly excellent film. The title, ZATOICHI'S VENGEANCE, is also an apt title for this wonderful film. Zatoichi meets a travelling, blind priest who questions Zatoichi's life: By telling Ichi to put away his sword. And although the ending is predictable as far a the Zatoichi series goes, this one adds a little more depth to the character Ichi, and the character actors in the film as well.

One of the many highlights of the film is when the villians who take on Zatoichi, do so with more intelligence than one would expect. For example, they beat upon drums to confuse his heightened sense of awareness--knowing that his ears have become his eyes, so to speak. About time someone figured that out. He has definetly become a feared and respected opponent. His reputation has become too well known, and no longer is he some blind masseur who can be easily slain.

Also, when Ichi is being beaten up in the film by the villians, he does not act against his agressors. He is protecting the young boy in his charge with more than just physical abuse by not reacting: Ichi does not want to show violence in front of the child. Maybe to set an example for the young boy? The young boy in the film looks up to Ichi. Is Ichi trying to set an example by turning the other cheek? As with the end of the film, when Ichi leaves the child, he does so for the boys sake. He knows that he is not the example the boy needs in his life. And as such, he shows that he is truly an example of a decent and honorable swordsman, whom others should have emulated. Highly recommended. [Stars: 5+]

NOTICE: VOL.#14, ZATOICHI'S PILGRIMAGE [ZATOCIHI UMI O WATARU] has not been released to my knowledge in the USA. Hopefully it will. I don't know why it has not been released.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "Chutohambra" or strange creature
They bring in a Biwa priest who is blind like Zatoichi but his senses are even sharper than Zatoichi. Read more
Published 6 months ago by D. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Shintaro Katsu
I have nothing to say but this is Zatoichi and this means every good thing you want to. Even the two more (so boring) word required by Amazon to fullfil this little paragraph.
Published 11 months ago by Guy Emberik
5.0 out of 5 stars Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 13 - Zatoichi's Vengeance
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 16 months ago by Bill
4.0 out of 5 stars You will like it
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 21 months ago by Gerald Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars The drums! The drums!
Movie #13, Zatoichi's Vengeance starts out with a rare found - a town where there are no gamblers! Well, it started out clean but by the time Zatoichi gets there he finds out that... Read more
Published on February 6, 2011 by Michael Valdivielso
5.0 out of 5 stars Zatoichi was, is, and will be...maybe
ZATOICHI NO UTA GA KIKOERU (1966, dir. Tokuzo Tanaka) is feature film number 13. ("The Blind Swordsman's Vengeance", a.k.a. Read more
Published on September 6, 2010 by E. Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars exelent.
This is a good movie , if you like Zatoishi is perfect for your collection.
Published on March 9, 2009 by Francis Carcamo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blind Monk is So Good!
This film introduces the memorable character of a blind monk who is Zatoichi's better in terms of using his non-sight senses. Read more
Published on December 28, 2007 by Chess Buddhist
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