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Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman

Criterion Collection

DVD + Blu-ray

4.7 out of 5 stars 233 customer reviews

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(Nov 26, 2013)
Criterion Collection
$299.99 $184.95

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Editorial Reviews

The colossally popular Zatoichi films make up the longest-running action series in Japanese history and created one of the screen’s great heroes: an itinerant blind masseur who also happens to be a lightning-fast swordsman. As this iconic figure, the charismatic and earthy Shintaro Katsu became an instant superstar, lending a larger-than-life presence to the thrilling adventures of a man who lives staunchly by a code of honor and delivers justice in every town and village he enters. The films that feature him are variously pulse-pounding, hilarious, stirring, and completely off-the-wall. This deluxe set features the string of twenty-five Zatoichi films made between 1962 and 1973, collected in one package for the first time.

Special features

  • New digital restorations of all twenty-five films
  • The Blind Swordsman, a 1978 documentary about Shintaro Katsu
  • New interview with Asian-film critic Tony Rayns
  • Trailers for all twenty-five films
  • New English subtitle translations
  • PLUS: A book featuring an essays, short stories and 25 new illustrations

  • Product details

    • Actors: Shintaro Katsu
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: Japanese
    • Subtitles: English
    • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • Number of discs: 27
    • Rated:
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Criterion Collection
    • DVD Release Date: November 26, 2013
    • Run Time: 2198 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 233 customer reviews
    • ASIN: B00EO2I6OM
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,015 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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