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zjp| Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Cast: Ittoku Kishibe, Beat Takeshi Kitano, Akira Emoto, Michiyo Okusa, Yui Natsukawa
Genre: Action, Foreign Language

Running Time: 116
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (NTSC )
Subtitles: English
Studio:  Miramax Films DVD Region:  1 R
DVD Release:  Discs:  1 (Cloud) []
Reviews:  Takeshi Kitano, the Japanese actor-director best known in the U.S. for his quirky, ulraviolent gangster movies ("Fireworks", "Brother", "Sonatine") applies his off-kilter sensibility to the samurai genre in "The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi". A blind masseur (Kitano with his hair dyed white) wanders into a small town divided up by rival gangs. Though hunched and shuffling, Zatoichi soon reveals his deadly skills as a swordsman. He befriends a pair of geisha girls with secrets of their own and helps them hunt down the bandits who killed their parents. But one of the gangs has just hired a ronin, a masterless samurai, whose fighting skill may equal the blind swordsman's. "Zatoichi" mixes a melodramatic storyline, deadpan comedy, and dazzling, CGI-enhanced swordfights into a supremely entertaining package. In Japan, Zatoichi is a recurring character in popular action movies, but Kitano places his own unique stamp on the series.

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