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  • Actors: Shintaro Katsu, Nobuo Kaneko
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 339 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DWNUEC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,605 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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With over 26 films and 100 TV episodes, the blind heroic swordsman Zatoichi lives by the Yakuza code and answers his foes with a deadly cane sword. Thrill to four of the finest feature adventures from one of Japan's most time-honored figures, the ultimate anti-hero and champion of the common man.

Zatoichi 5: On the Road Zatoichi helps a girl escape a lascivious feudal lard and two deadly yakuza gangs in the fifth installment of the Blind Swordsman series. While traveling to a village where the local gang leader wants to hire him as a bodyguard, Ichi and his companion are attacked by a rival gang. After negotiating safe passage for himself, the blind masseur encounters a servant girl trying to escape after being raped by a feudal lord. Agreeing to help the girl get back to her family, Zatoichi realizes he'll have to take on both gangs to make it through.

Zatoichi 6: Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold Accused of stealing, Zatoichi is pursued by friend and foe alike. In this installment of The Blind Swordsman series, Ichi must prove his innocence, expose the real culprits, retrieve the gold and reconcile his accusers? anger. And if the odds were not stacked high enough, Ichi is hounded and challenged by a maniacal, bullwhip yielding Ronin who finds Ichi?s status as a low ranking blind masseur and master swordsman as an affront to his class and profession.

Zatoichi 7: Zatoichi's Flashing Sword As fireworks explode overhead, blood runs under foot. Zatoichi is provoked into a fury of sword slinging by a disreputable gang leader trying to oust a rival, good-natured boss. A houseguest of the peaceful Bunkichi boss, Ichi attempts to help his gracious host fight the greedy boss Yasugoro, but as a fugitive, Ichi?s honorable host must ask the blind swordsman to leave. With Ichi temporarily out of the way, Yasugoro makes his bloody move. But being a man of fairness and equality, Zatoichi makes sure Yasugoro gets what he deserves in the end.

Zatoichi 8: Fight, Zatoichi, Fight In a cruel twist of fate, an innocent woman is cut down in an ambush intended for the blind swordsman, turning her infant child into an orphan. Feeling responsible, Ichi vows to safely deliver the child to its father. The assassins relentlessly pursue Ichi, who must fight with ever more efficient determination now that he is the infant?s only protector. In a final bitter twist of fate and plot, Ichi must add to his list of enemies the father of the child he has sworn to protect.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Valdivielso on December 14, 2009
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Instead of breaking down the review into four parts, one for each film, let me just list WHY you should buy this set. The Japanese method of movie making is to put MORE money into the sequels, to keep the characters, to try to link the plots so there is continuity between movies. They use the same actors for the same characters, they try to get the best writers and the experienced directors. In other words, the movies get better.
And you can tell. There is lots of humor but also they are playing with the art of the colored film. New opening scenes, camera angels, blood spraying sword slashes - we finally see blood in this set. The music, the story lines, the settings are all well thought out, crafted, and made with care. The wind blowing dust across the streets, the busy crowds in the background, the feeling that the story is happening in the real world and not some stage.
Movies 5 to 8 total about 5 hours and 39 minutes, with some extras in the form of trailers and some photo stills.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Old movie fan on August 18, 2009
I bought the first Zatoichi film, "The Tale of Zatoichi." I really enjoyed the film and was impressed with the extras-an insert with an essay written by a Zatoichi freak and a set of 4 Collector's Cards. When I saw this set of 4 films I was overjoyed and I bought it. However I was a little disappointed to discover that this set has only the disks with no cards or inserts. Is there any way to get the inserts or collector's cards now? According to reviews I've read of the individual films they all included them.
The movies themselves rate 5 stars. But I'll dock the sets one star each for the missing inserts and cards.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James W. Cowan on April 28, 2009
The Blind Swordsman series is fantastic. IFC started showing these every Friday last year. (Has since stopped)
I recorded 18 of them... All of the ones they showed. I am now buying the 10 or so that where not shown.
Very well made. Try to watch them in order.
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When I ordered series 1-4 of Zatoichi, as well as the 7-disc boxset, I also ordered the "Lone Wolf and Cub" 6-movie boxset, which set me back a bit, but sometimes when things are "on sale"....
Anyway, though I've often heard that "Lone Wolf and Cub" are the better of the two series, I find myself enjoying "Zatoichi" more. I've watched half of the "Lone Wolf" series, and I've just finished watching the 6th of "Zatoichi" (2nd from this set), and don't get me wrong, "Lone Wolf" is very entertaining (and much more graphic!), but "Zatoichi" seems more about the story, the characters (especially the humble, shy, occasionally funny, and likable Zatoichi), and the (jumping way up into the air) fight scenes aren't so exaggerated. But, then again, it's also the mystical, unusual and bizarre circumstances that make Lone Wolf (pushing his little son across the rugged terrain in a large, heavy wooden baby carriage, with wooden wheels, no less!) and his extremely dangerous adventures, also so appealing.
In the end, if you like Zatoichi, you might just end up buying all 26 movies eventually. I'm hoping that Image will put out a couple more of these 4-disc series, (to save money), and to catch up to the 7-disc AnimeIgo box set.
It's the originality of both "Zatoichi" and "Lone Wolf and Cub", (many of which go as far back as 30 to almost 50 years since their release), that make these something much more special than today's super-fast edited, CGI and explosion-drenched, and always predictable movies of similar genre. Remember, these and Kurosawa before, as well as a few others, were the first and the "originals".
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By Mark Groves on December 2, 2010
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Love love LOVE Zatoichi! This series is fantastic. Ridiculous, touching, occasionally funny, and sooooo very Japanese (he never gets the girl!).

SPOILER AHEAD

In this second volume the cinematography gets better, even if the stories kind of...don't. But how many times can you rehash "blind guy is walking/blind guy gets caught up in town power play/blind guy meets girl who likes him/blind guy kicks every *ss in reach of his sword/girl dies/blind guy leaves?" It's like expecting salted, buttery, delicious popcorn to taste like caviar the next time you make salted, buttery, delicious popcorn. Nope. Zato is Zato, and it's daaaang tasty.

OK, except for the last Zatoichi movie the actor made in the 80's. That kind of sucked. But at least he "got" the girl. In a samurai hot tub. Hubba hubba.
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