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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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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 PILGRIMAGE
  • 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 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

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 PILGRIMAGE
  • 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 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
Format Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) Criterion Collection
Countries Japan
Subtitles English
Language(s) Japanese
Blu-ray region B
Certificate 15

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