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Zatoichi: The Tale of Zatoichi (I) (1962)

Cast: Shintaro Katsu, Shigeru Amachi, Gen Mitamura, more...
Director: Kenji Misumi
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Janus Films/Home Vision Entertainment
Genre: Action, Comedies, Drama, Foreign, Japan, Adventure, Samurai
Running Time: 96 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Recently Rented By scholarwarrior

This Japanese adventure is the first in what would become a long series of films chronicling the many adventures of Zatoichi, the blind gambler and former samurai, who travels the islands of Japan to play dice games, give massages, and right any wrongs he runs across. In this outing, he finds himself trying to stop a terrible gang war in the Shimosa prefecture. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Zatoichi: Wise, Engaging and Solid by TDuMontier January 12, 2005 - 1:47 PM PST
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This is about as good as it gets.
If you like Kurosawa samurai films or classic westerns but don't care for the ultraviolence of Tarantino this is for you. The story is compelling and Zatoichi is the perfect stoic hero, alone and misunderstood in the end.

a different start by alexqsub August 1, 2004 - 7:23 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
after reading the other reviews, i realized what i have to say hasn't been said.
it's true that the zatoichi series (there were 26 movies) was a series of B movies. but that's what you see them for - and this is the start of them. however, it isn't nearly my favorite, as after about 10 films, the character started to really develop, and people were obviously having more fun making these movies. each one has more characters in a complex web of entanglement, and a LOT of funny moments to keep it interesting - ridiculous in a good way. i suggest starting with 'zatoichi yojimbo', especially if you're a toshiro mifune fan, or maybe 'zatoichi and the chess expert'.

an Ichi you can't scratch. by markh July 16, 2004 - 2:50 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
A great movie. If you like the loner anti-hero whose interest are his own first who then helps the helpless, sounds familiar!
Not too blood thirsty, compared with the later 1989 remake it has more of the classic Japanese style. Interestinly both movies star Katsu as Zatoichi considering there over 30 years appart the 1989 version he is surprisingly athletic. I would recomend both films the first is classic Japanese film making the later a faster paced more episodic piece, of the two this is my favorite.

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GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 7.44)
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