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Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (9 disc Blu-ray Box Set) Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (9 disc Blu-ray Box Set)

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THE CRITERION COLLECTION

THE CRITERION COLLECTION

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This comprehensive package from Criterion features 25 Zatoichi titles, presented in a stunningly presented, bonus-packed box set.

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 honour 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.

Includes 25 Films:

  • The Tale of Zatoichi
  • The Tale of Zatoichi Continues 
  • New Tale of Zatoichi
  • Zatoichi the Fugitive
  • Zatoichi on the Road
  • Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold
  • Zatoichi's Flashing Sword
  • Fight, Zatoichi, Fight
  • Adventures of Zatoichi
  • Zatoichi's Revenge
  • Zatoichi and the Doomed Man
  • Zatoichi and the Chess Expert
  • Zatoichi's Vengeance
  • Zatoichi's Pilgrimmage
  • Zatoichi's Cane Sword
  • Zatoichi the Outlaw
  • Zatoichi Challenged
  • Zatoichi and the Fugitives
  • Samaritan Zatoichi
  • Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo
  • Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival
  • Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman
  • Zatoichi at Large
  • Zatoichi in Desperation
  • Zatoichi's Conspiracy

Blu-ray Special Edition features:

  • New digital restorations of all twenty-five films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
  • The Blind Swordsman, a 1978 documentary about Zatoichi portrayer and filmmaker Shintaro Katsu, along with a new interview with its director, John Nathan
  • New Interview with Asian-film critic Tony Rayns
  • Trailers
  • New English Subtitles

PLUS

A beautifully produced book featuring:

  • An essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien
  • Synopses of the films by critic, novelist and musician Chris D.
  • The Tale of Zatoichi, the original short story by Kan Shimozawa
  • Twenty five illustrations inspired by the films, by twenty five different artists

This comprehensive package from Criterion features 25 Zatoichi titles, presented in a stunningly presented, bonus-packed box set.

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 honour 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.

Includes 25 Films:

  • The Tale of Zatoichi
  • The Tale of Zatoichi Continues 
  • New Tale of Zatoichi
  • Zatoichi the Fugitive
  • Zatoichi on the Road
  • Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold
  • Zatoichi's Flashing Sword
  • Fight, Zatoichi, Fight
  • Adventures of Zatoichi
  • Zatoichi's Revenge
  • Zatoichi and the Doomed Man
  • Zatoichi and the Chess Expert
  • Zatoichi's Vengeance
  • Zatoichi's Pilgrimmage
  • Zatoichi's Cane Sword
  • Zatoichi the Outlaw
  • Zatoichi Challenged
  • Zatoichi and the Fugitives
  • Samaritan Zatoichi
  • Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo
  • Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival
  • Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman
  • Zatoichi at Large
  • Zatoichi in Desperation
  • Zatoichi's Conspiracy

Blu-ray Special Edition features:

  • New digital restorations of all twenty-five films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
  • The Blind Swordsman, a 1978 documentary about Zatoichi portrayer and filmmaker Shintaro Katsu, along with a new interview with its director, John Nathan
  • New Interview with Asian-film critic Tony Rayns
  • Trailers
  • New English Subtitles

PLUS

A beautifully produced book featuring:

  • An essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien
  • Synopses of the films by critic, novelist and musician Chris D.
  • The Tale of Zatoichi, the original short story by Kan Shimozawa
  • Twenty five illustrations inspired by the films, by twenty five different artists

Extras

  • New digital restorations of all twenty-five films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
  • The Blind Swordsman, a 1978 documentary about Zatoichi portrayer and filmmaker Shintaro Katsu, along with a new interview with its director, John Nathan
  • New Interview with Asian-film critic Tony Rayns
  • Trailers
  • New English Subtitles

PLUS

A beautifully produced book featuring:

  • An essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien
  • Synopses of the films by critic, novelist and musician Chris D.
  • The Tale of Zatoichi, the original short story by Kan Shimozawa
  • Twenty five illustrations inspired by the films, by twenty five different artists

Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU 5050629258738
Catalogue Number CC2656BDUK
Product contents 9 discs
Year 1962 - 1973
Director Various
Format Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) THE CRITERION COLLECTION
Countries Japan
Colour Black & White, Colour
Subtitles English
Language(s) Japanese
Blu-ray region B
Certificate 15

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