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Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 3

4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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A threat is uttered, a blade is drawn, a flash of cold steel and then ... a dozen attackers lay dead, dispatched by the lightening sword of one blind man: Zatoichi. A humble masseur and gambler, Zatoichi wanders from town to town plying his trade and rolling the dice. With kind heart and lethal sword skill, he is protector of the innocent and the ruin of wicked men.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Shintarô Katsu, Shintarô Akatsuki, Renji Ishibashi, Keizô Kanie, Shun'ya Wazaki
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • 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: 2
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: March 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CEV3S2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,913 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 3" on IMDb

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By Ernest Jagger on September 4, 2007
The Zatoichi television series ran for over 5 years, from 1974-1979. And with 100 episodes planned, this first season of 26 episodes will give fans of the Zatoichi films more of the delightful character of Ichi to enjoy. As with some of the other episodes in the first six volumes, there are some episodes that are directly from the film series: Some that are slightly different, and this Volume 3 is no exception. However, there are also some totally different plots in many of them, and this particular volume is a great addition to your Ichi collection. I rate this volume [Stars: 4.5]. The episodes are as follows:

#10: "THE SUMO WRESTLER WHO FOUND HIS HOME." Very good drama, and ending action by Ichi highlight this excellent episode. Zatoichi encounters a young man who is about to kill himself. Moreover, he is an orphan and Ichi sympathizes with the young man. That is until the young man [who is a sumo wrestler] tags along and follows Ichi. To the irritation of Ichi, the young sumo wrestler follows Ichi wherever he goes.In the background of this episode, there is a Ronin, who has been following Ichi. His name is Yaturo Soma, and he is good with the sword. However, Ichi discovers something about this young sumo wrestlers past and resolves to help him. The ending action is superb. There are lots of ending action scenes with Ichi--more than usual for the TV series. I liked this episode quite a lot. [Stars: 5+]

#11: "THE WHIRLWIND OF KISOJI MOUNTAIN." The beginning transfer on this episode is not good, but it does get better. Also, this is one of those episodes that culls a bit from the Motion Picture films. The episode opens with Ichi being accused of stealing a horse, and then thrown in jail. At the same time, a group of assassins are attempting to kill Ichi.
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Originally I thought it was part two or three of the collection, since I bought volume one earlier. It was a group of episodes which were already in the volume I had. It is a better reproduction of the episodes with clear sound, no cuts and a much better picture. Over all a better product for the amata of Zaitoichi.
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I've been a Zatoichi fan since the early 70's when I saw my first Zatoichi film at UC Berkeley with the Asian American Film Festival, a fundraiser for the I-Hotel. I thought that Shintaro Katsu was not only showing action in his Zatoichi role, but also a bit of comedy. Vol. 3 is from his TV series. I was a little disappointed, when I viewed a couple of the episodes in this, as some things were quite familiar. I came to realize that a couple of his movies were cut to fit the one hour TV format, as I have his entire collection on DVD. The two that I am referring to are the one with the sumo wrestler and the one with the released prisoner who had a winning lottery ticket.
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