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Zatoichi 25 - Zatoichi's Conspiracy (1974)

Shintarô Katsu , Yukiyo Toake , Kimiyoshi Yasuda  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Shintarô Katsu, Yukiyo Toake, Eiji Okada, Kei Satô, Yoshio Tsuchiya
  • Directors: Kimiyoshi Yasuda
  • Writers: Kan Shimozawa, Yoshi Hattori
  • Producers: Shintarô Katsu, Hiroyoshi Nishioka, Ikuo Kubodera
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, 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: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: ANIMEIGO
  • DVD Release Date: August 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001UZRN4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,592 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Zatoichi 25 - Zatoichi's Conspiracy" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

For the 25th time onscreen (and the last for 16 years), Shintaro Katsu stars as the legendary blind man who's as adept at massaging his clients as he is at slicing and dicing his foes. The film is a homecoming drama of sorts for Zatoichi, who meets the stepsister he never knew he had and must battle an old friend who has turned to crime. Yukiyo Toake, Eri Yokoyama also star. 87 min. Soundtrack: Japanese; Subtitles: English. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ichi returns home August 8, 2004
By Tubby
Format:DVD
With the flip of a coin , it's home I go. Ichi returns to the town he was raised as a child only to find that much has changed since he last left. A good film in the series I gave it five stars because I am bias and think that they all deserve five. This one was a strong introduction into Ichi's personal life along with the background of villians and lost ruffians with little or no way to reedeem their karma. Of course the cane sword is revealed yet again which leads to some good gore. I thought this was an all around good story with lots of underlying plays on greed and deception, and above all ,love ,shame and guilt from Ichi whom never seems to want to be bothered after it all goes down. Much is lost to our friend Ichi and he seems to just lose more.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Here is a simple review. November 11, 2004
Format:DVD
This Zatoichi movie is cool!!!

This time our blind anti-hero fights a whole army at the end and his moves were awesome but not THAT fast. Is worth to buy this movie but there is NO action until the ending.

ADIOS!!!

P.S: This movie was MUCH better than Zatoichi in Desperation!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars #25: ANOTHER EXCELLENT ZATOICHI EPISODE August 29, 2006
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The 25th episode of Zatoichi finds the ever humble blind masseur on his way to his hometown. It has been years since Zatoichi has visited his family; and with a toss of a coin, the protagonist finds himself back to a different village that he left many years before. One of the changes Zatoichi finds is that he has a sister who was raised by the same woman who raised him. Only the old woman is now deceased: Zatoichi has been away far too long.

Also, Zatoichi meets a man who grew up with him as a young boy. This man is now a corrupt government official. When Zatoichi is giving this friend a massage, the official says that he does not know Zatoichi, yet ichi knows that the official is lying. Ichi relates what they did as children, and still the official rebuffs him. The official is not only corrupt, but he has no honor and decency. The official is attempting to claim the village's quarry, which is the main source of income for the people who live there. And this angers Zatoichi.

One of the greatest actors in cinema history also makes his appearance in the film. Takashi Shimura--of the famed "SEVEN SAMURAI" and "IKIRU" by Akira Kurosawa, portrays the old man who is watching over the new-found sister of Zatoichi. Takeshi Shimura has always been my favorite actor, and it was wonderful to see him in this episode of Zatoichi. The conclusion of the film is a strange one, which I do not wish to give away. However, Zatoichi confronts his old childhood friend. And as he does he struggles with the problem of whether or not to kill him. This is an excellent Zatoichi episode. The cinematography is great, and the character actors in the film--especially the corrupt official--are great. I highly recommend this great episode of "Zatocihi's Conspiracy" to all viewers.
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