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Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (Criterion Collection)
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Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (Criterion Collection)

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 honor 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, collected in one package for the first time.


  • 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 subtitle translations
  • 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; and twenty-five new illustrations inspired by the films, by twenty-five different artists

Title: Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (Criterion Collection)
Genre: Action / Adventure, Foreign-Japanese
Studio: Criterion
Number of Discs: 9
Attributes: Boxed Set, Restored, Special Edition, Widescreen
Release Date: 9/13/2016
Product Type: Blu-ray
Rated: NR
UPC: 715515170611
Item #: 1728757X

Subtitles: ENG
Street Date: 9/13/2016
Original Language: JAP
Run Time: 2190 minutes

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