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Takesh Kitano , Beat Takeshi , Takeshi Kitano  |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Takesh Kitano, Beat Takeshi, Tadanobu Asano, Michyuo Ogusu, Yu Natsukawa
  • Directors: Takeshi Kitano
  • Writers: Takeshi Kitano
  • Producers: Masayuki Mori, Tsunehisa Saito
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006HAJ9FE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,965 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Inventive and bold, this film shines with pristine picture and thater-aulity sound on Blu-ray Disc. In an empire ruled by fear, the people's only hope is the ultimate weapon: Zatoichi (Takeshi Kitano)- a blind, nomadic surai whose sword has made him a hero and whose courage has made him a legend. Determined to help the desperateresidents of a village, Zatoichi seeks justice through revenge. It's a wildly entertaining film that's even more brilliant in Blu-ray High Definition

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4.0 out of 5 stars Old samurai new twist June 3, 2013
By M. Bigg
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Takeshi Kitano is a former comedian, actor & now director. He became relative well known in the west with his cop/gangster characters in movies such as Violent Cop, Outrage & Brother, where he played enigmatic & often brutal roles. For Takeshi Kitano, Zatoichi was a fresh foray into film-making taking on an old genre and a legendary character. Kitano has pulled it off with aplomb mixing humour, drama & incredible action sequence together with visual & cultural elegance. The final scene may take some viewers aback, but the juxtaposition of a modern aspect with the ancient story works - and wonderfully so. The background score is also a unique attraction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cutting edge and really different June 19, 2014
Let me say right off the bat that I am a huge Kurosawa fan, but I have to write that this is probably the best Samurai film ever. The usual great swordplay scenes, but the film takes off from there. There is a scene half way through of folks sitting in a house listening to the rainfall outside. The flashbacks make it one of the great Japanese Movie scenes (and this is really saying something!) and there is the thing with the linking of the film score and the working of folks...every thing they do is in rhythm with the sound track music and really cool once you tumble to it. Every stroke with a plane or strike on a chisel or slash of harvesting a rice crop is all done as part of the music...perhaps unique in cinema. Not to be missed if you are a student of film!
I had resisted watching this for some time, having seen many of the earlier Zatoichi films and not realizing just how different it really is. Be sure to watch to the very last second...there is a twist!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I've had some problems getting my Sony PS3 to play ... August 16, 2014
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I've had some problems getting my Sony PS3 to play this blu ray, despite it being region free (the irony of Japanese products not working harmoniously). Will try to use another player.
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