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Zatoichi: The Television Series, Vol. 5 (1974)

Shintaro Katsu  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Shintaro Katsu
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FKPE9W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,546 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The blind masseur Zatoichi (Shintaro Katsu) wanders through Japan looking to ply his trade. But wherever he goes, trouble follows and he must use his legendary, lightning sword skills to dispatch evildoers and defend justice.

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5.0 out of 5 stars ZATOICHI TV SERIES, VOL. 5: EPISODES 18-21 September 2, 2007
The Zatoichi TV series continues where Volume 4 leaves off. As with the entire first year of the series' episodes, they are ALL in chronological order. These episodes are very good, with quite a lot of drama in the series too. Also, because of the age of these TV episodes, Media Blasters/Tokyo Shock does warn the viewers that there are some imperfections with the transfer. However, many of the episodes are very good in terms of quality. And besides, for those who like Zatoichi, you will find the imperfections not at all bothersome, and well worth having in order to complete your Ichi collection. Moreover, this Volume has some very good episodes. [Stars: 5] The episodes are as follows:

#18: "RUSH TRIP." This particular episode borrows some elements from the Zatoichi motion picture film series, but not too much: As you will notice at the beginning of this film. In this episode there is a boss who is slain by a former prison inmate. Why did he do it? What were his motives? He never knew the man! However, in his escape he encounters Zatoichi. Moreover, he is in a rush to get back to where he came from. Why? This particular episode has great cinematography and Ichi is his usual playful and humorous self. Plus, his sword skills have not dulled a bit [Pun intended]. There is a lot of back stabbing in this film, and I found this episode to be very, very good. And as usual, Ichi can see through the all deception, even though he is blind. The ending action with Ichi is good. [Stars: 5]

#19: "A RAINBOW OVER MY HOMELAND." This episode boasts some very beautiful scenery. And as with the previous episode, there is much deception and betrayal. In the beginning, Ichi is already flashing his sword, dispensing with a group of yakuza who think they can take him down. They just never learn.
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Having seem most all the ZS stories I can say, they're mostly all the same, the same format from meeting villains seeking revenge for Z-slashed brethren, lost orphans, abused Gheiha, cheating gambling houses - basic plots, themes, action, kinds of characters and of course, Shintaro Katsu.

AND THEY'RE ALL BRILLIANT, EACH ELEMENT FULL OF SURPRISES: LUSH AUTHENTIC JAPANESE LOCATIONS (RURAL COUNTRY AND VILLAGES)/ SCENERY, CLOTHING, ARCHITECTURE, VILLAGES, SHRINES, KATANAS, KIMONOS, MUSIC/ DANCING, MORALS, VALUES, ATTITUDES, GAMBLING, SAKI, HISTORICAL, BARS, YAKUZA, BROTHELS, GEISHA, FLASHING SWORDS (Z'S, MOSTLY) BODY COUNTS, MASSAGING . . . WELL, MOST EVERYTHING IN ZATOICHI'S LIFETIME. FICTIONAL LIFETIME. Whew, I gotta go watch some more Zatoichi.

That list contains no spoilers because it's just the structure of a constantly changing authentic tapestry of life in the days of feudal Japan. In every film in each medium chronicling the wanderings of the world's favorite most famous Blind Yakuza slasher masseuse swordsman gambler wise justice-seeking protector of cheated put-upon poor peasants spiritual hard-drinking mostly-smiling gracefully wandering incredibly laughing funny fat guy tapping his way through dirt roads and dangerous waters. Who often ends up in hot water from mistaken identity gaffs to hot tubs naked men and beautiful women.

Every Z story seems new even with such similar elements; they never get old. That Z kills 20-30 bad guys per show is something fans expect, look forward to, and would miss. Most Z stories I have seen over an over. And never fail to enjoy them, regret seeing Z walk off into the sunset.

Zatoichi is the most-collectible action hero series in the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zatoichi TV DVDs January 25, 2010
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The DVDs came in very quickly and were able to be given as an Xmas gift as hoped. The Videos are of good quality and content. This series is as good as the full length movies and I would readily recommend them to any Zatoichi fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top August 21, 2013
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I am to much a fan to be objective. So all I can tell is buy it and be one too.
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