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Genres Adventure Action
Running Time 115 min
MPAA rating R
Release Date Jul 23, 2004
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The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi

Blind traveler Zatoichi (Beat Takeshi) is a master swordsman and a masseur with a fondness for gambling on dice games. When he arrives in a village torn apart by warring gangs, he sets out to protect the townspeople. He is also enlisted to help two sibling geisha, Okinu (Yûko Daike) and Osei (Daigorô Tachibana), avenge the murder of their parents, who were slaughtered in a massacre. Zatoichi must fight his way through numerous enemies before finally clashing with a heartless crime boss.

Starring
Beat Takeshi Zatôichi / Ichi
Tadanobu Asano Gennosuke Hattori
Michiyo Ohkusu Aunt Oume
Yui Natsukawa O-Shino
Yuko Daike Geisha Okinu Naruto
Saburo Ishikura Boss Tashichi Ogi
Daigorô Tachibana Geisha Seitaro 'Osei' Naruto
Ittoku Kishibe Boss Inosuke Ginzo
Akira Emoto Tavern Owner Pops

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(no rating) Apr 15, 2009 - Chicago Tribune

A masterpiece of wry violence and stylized mayhem, "The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi" turns loose one of Japan's most brilliant film auteurs, Takeshi Kitano, on one of its most enduring pop legends: the movie myth of Zatoichi, the fat, blind, 19th-century masseur and swordsman who slashed his way through dozens of wildly popular films in the 1960s and '70s.

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