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Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman The Criterion Collection (1962-1973) Blu-ray
 
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Zatôichi: The Blind Swordsman Blu-ray
The Criterion Collection
Criterion | 1962-1973 | 25 Movies | 2197 min | Not rated | Sep 13, 2016

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.35:1, 2.39:1

Audio
Japanese: LPCM Mono

Subtitles
English

Discs
Blu-ray Disc
Nine-disc set (9 BD-50)

DRAMA
FOREIGN
MARTIAL ARTS

Zatôichi: The Blind Swordsman The Criterion Collection (1962-1973) Blu-ray

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.

Directors: Kimiyoshi Yasuda, Kenji Misumi, Kazuo Mori, Kazuo Ikehiro, Tokuzô Tanaka, Kihachi Okamoto
Writers: Kan Shimozawa, Minoru Inuzuka, Shozaburo Asai, Tetsurô Yoshida, Seiji Hoshikawa, Kihachi Okamoto
Starring: Shintarô Katsu, Gen Kimura, Mikiko Tsubouchi, Ikuko Môri, Koichi Mizuhara, Jun Katsumura


Disc 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 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

This Blu-ray bundle includes the following titles:
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

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