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Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 15 - Zatoichi's Cane Sword

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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.

Combining violent action with slapstick comedy, Zatoichi’s Cane Sword is a superb example of samurai filmmaking. The village of Tonda is ruled by violent and unscrupulous yakuza, and Zatoichi takes it upon himself to clean up the town. The film blends brilliant color photography with breathtaking action sequences while offering a look into Zatoichi’s past, as the blind swordsman learns the origin of his famous cane sword, and discovers it may soon fail in battle

*The entire Zatoichi series includes 26 film episodes. Home Vision Entertainment will release Zatoichi episodes 17, 18 and 19 this August. In an effort to maintain the integrity of this collection DVDs from HVe are numbered in order of movie release. Episodes 14, 16 and 20-26 are not available from Home Vision Entertainment.

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  • Actors: n, a
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: HOME VISION
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001OGURM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,750 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 15 - Zatoichi's Cane Sword" on IMDb

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 26, 2005
Format: DVD
For 14 film's Zatoichi's trusty cane sword has been his constant traveling companion. An extension of his body, it is what keeps the blind masseur from being a victim of his own handicap. And what should happen if it should fail him?

That is the question of "Zatoichi's Cane Sword" ("Zatoichi Tekka Tabi" or "Zatoichi's Violent-tempered Journey"). Through his usual gambling shenanigans, Zatoichi finds himself on the wrong side of a group of local gangsters. Seeking shelter, he hides with an old blacksmith, who reveals the secret of Zatoichi's famous cane sword. It was forged by a master swordsmith, the blacksmith's former master. But Zatoichi has tested the strength of the forging for too long, and the sword will break if it is used again. Zatoichi leaves behind the useless sword as a token or remeberence for the blacksmith's former master, and seeks a new path.

Feeling helpless and weak without his protection, and fearing for his handicap for the first time in years, Zatoichi abandons his violent, wandering life and takes up a position as a masseur in a local inn. All seems well for a short while...but this is a Zatoichi film, and it isn't long before his good heart drags him into the inn's troubles, and he needs to arm himself again.

"Zatoichi's Cane Sword" is a good chambara flick, with all the elements that make the series good film after film. Seeing Ichi brought to a state of helplessness with out his sword is an interesting twist, as is seeing him afraid for perhaps the first time. As always, Shintaro Katsu brings out the heart in the character, and even though the ending comes as no surprise, the journey is a good one.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tubby on August 8, 2004
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First and foremost I would advise that any viewer who wants to add Zatoichi to their list of movies , do so by watching the first one.There are many values from this , the main one being the character outlines mean little if you have not followed him as he strolls through life, being the man he is I beleive it is crucial for the viewer to first understand much about him before watching this one. Zatoichi's Cane Sword was a very exciting film with lots of plots and twists around every turn,duckhunt dancing and of course the beloved kindhearted yet deadly Zatoichi. Need I say more? I awaited this one for a long time and was mighty pleased with it when I first saw it and any Zato fan would be advised to add this one to the collection. I will not give away any of the movie because I had to buy it as well. Regardless what some might say about the man verse the myth I would say that these are plainly ,some of the best films I have ever seen. Some like to spend time putting down a man's life work with a few harsh words when the true fact is that they themselves are the ones they speak of. In Shintaro Katsu's case let us relish in the true beauty of one man's work and the undying gift he left all of us......ZATOICHI..............
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ernest Jagger on September 2, 2006
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This 15th entry into the Zatoichi series is a truly superb one. I highly recommend this episode. As this Zatoichi episode opens up, we find that Ichi has run afoul of the local gangs when he is gambling. Therefore, Zatoichi finds shelter in the local blacksmith's place. It is here that he discovers that his cane-sword is about to break. The blacksmith tells Ichi that if he uses the sword one more time it will snap.

What is poor Ichi to do? Long the companion of the blind masseur, the cane-sword must now be retired. Further, Ichi decides to give up the sword, and live a straight and narrow life. Really? Well, he tries to anyhow. But this is a Zatoichi movie right? Now, with all these "bad-guys" lurking all over the place how is this possible? Well its not. And when the locals are terrorized who else is there to help? You got it--Zatoichi. Not to let a bad sword stand in his way, there will be plenty of action to go around. Besides being a good drama, and action film, this Zatoichi episode is also a very humorus one as well.

The cinematography and acting are excellent--as usual. This Zatoichi episiode is a true delight. I do not wish to give away too much of this film, because I think that you will enjoy it, whether or not you are a Zatoichi fan. This is a great episode and most highly recommended. [Stars: 5+]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 2metal2dance on December 28, 2007
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Director Kimiyoshi Yasuda does a great job of building up the tension in this film. Adding to the tension is the possibility that Zato's trusty cane sword may soon fail in battle, as it is slightly cracked. The final fight takes place in a gorgeous snowy set with Zato carving his way out of a wooden barrel to slaughter a gang of criminals. This is otherwise a slow-paced film in terms of action.
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With an unpredictable plot full of intrigue and mystery centered around the origins of Zatoichi's seemingly magical sword, I think that Volume #15 Zatoichi's Cane Sword is one of the best Zatoichi episodes I have ever watched. Shintaro Katsu's genius comes shining through with his portrayal of the humble, bumbling, blind, master swordsman struggling to survive in the unforgiving world of feudal Japan. The acting. directing, expensive costuming and detailed movie sets are very convincing to any viewer of this action movie. I am so glad that I purchased this jewel. Zatoichi is the bomb and the gifted Shintaro Katsu is at his top form in this one. I highly recommend this Zatoichi episode.
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