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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.
I spent time in Japan a long time ago and used to watch Zatoichi on the television then. This is a story much like the American western movies. Read morePublished on September 26, 2010 by Ojiisan
I love all the Ichi movies. I'm trying to collect them all. There are heart warming and honorable themes studied throughout Shintaro Katsu's character of Ichi. Read morePublished on February 10, 2010 by G. Pabon
Volume 1 especially was good. Even through volume 4 was good. I had high hopes for this set. However, the story line/plots just weren't as compelling as the first 4. Read morePublished on February 9, 2010 by Radiology guy