The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Drama
Running Time:  116 min.
Release Date: June 11, 2004
DVD: December 7, 2004

Current rating: Rating: 4.12
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Cast: Beat Takeshi, Tadanobu Asano, Michiyo Ogusu, Yui Natsukawa


Zatoichi is a blind wanderer who makes a living by gambling and giving massages in 19th-century Japan. But behind his humble façade, Zatoichi is a master swordsman, gifted with a lightning-fast draw and strokes of breathtaking precision. Zatoichi discovers a remote mountain town at the mercy of the Ginzo gang. The ruthless Ginzo dispose of anyone who gets in their way, quicker than ever since they recruited Hattori, the mighty samurai ronin.

In a gambling joint, Zatoichi and his trustworthy young friend Shinkichi meet up with a couple of geishas. As dangerous as they are beautiful, Okinu and her sister Osei have come to town to avenge their parents' murder. With their only clue being the mysterious name Kuchinawa, the geisha sisters have lots of tricks up their sleeves. Sinister henchmen are soon hunting down Zatoichi. With his legendary cane sword at his side, Zatoichi's path is destined for many violent showdowns...

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Masayuki Mori, Tsunehisa Saitô
Screenplay: Takeshi Kitano

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