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With 25 film sequels and upwards of 100 TV episodes, Shintaro Katsu is the legendary Zatoichi! Hes a low-ranking blind masseur who lives by the Yakuza code and answers his foes with a deadly cane sword. By far one of Japans most time-honored screen personas, Zatoichi is to this day the ultimate everyman anti-hero.
Combining violent action with slapstick comedy, Zatoichis 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 Zatoichis 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.
I've always been an avid Zatoichi fan. For some reason this movie (#15) appears to be the hardest to find, and when you do find a seller the price is out of this world. Read morePublished 9 months ago by S. Nagao
See my reviews for Zatoichi 17, 23, and 25 for brief comments on the excellent sword play dramas starring Shintaro Katsu. Read morePublished 14 months ago by garett t.
A classical story - of greed, duty, and a sword maker. Well, maybe not that classical, but it has all the elements of a wonderful Zatoichi moive. Read morePublished on June 22, 2011 by Michael Valdivielso