Rent Zatoichi (2003)

3.9 of 5 from 189 ratings
1h 51min
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Synopsis:
Cult filmmaker Takeshi Kitano's dazzling new film is a thrilling tale of swordplay and adventure set in 19th Century Japan. Zatoichi is a blind wanderer whose humble facade disguises his prodigious skills as a master swordsman, gifted with a lightning fast draw and strokes of breathtaking precision. Arriving in a remote mountain town, he finds its people terrorised by the ruthless Ginzo gang and their mighty samurai ronin Hattori (Tadanobu Asano), who mercilessly dispose of all who get in their way. With his legendary cane sword at his side, Zatoichi's path is destined for many violent confrontations...
Actors:
, , , , , Daigorô Tachibana, , , , , , Kohji Miura, Hideboh, Ron II, Suji, Noriyasu, , , Kosuke Ohta,
Directors:
Writers:
Takeshi Kitano, Kan Shimozawa
Aka:
Zatôichi
Studio:
Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd.
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Countries:
Japan, Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Awards:

2003 Venice Film Festival Best Director

BBFC:
Release Date:
26/07/2004
Run Time:
111 minutes
Languages:
Japanese
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Making Of Documentary: A fascinating and revealing 40 minute look at the production of the film, including interviews with Takeshi Kitano and leading cast members
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Stills and Poster Gallery
  • Takeshi Kitano Filmography
BBFC:
Release Date:
27/10/2008
Run Time:
111 minutes
Languages:
Japanese
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Making of Documentary
  • Creative Team Interviews - Takeshi Kitano, Fight Choreographer, Production Designer, Director of Photography, Composer, Dance Choreographer & Sound Designer
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (3) of Zatoichi

Humm, I'll give it three stars - Zatoichi review by TE

Spoiler Alert
13/05/2019

I'd say it was a watchable outing but it's hardly ground breaking in what happens and not much in the way of a twisty plot either. This is no Harakiri (which is a large measure better).

I hadn't realized that Zatoichi (the character) had a much longer history than this single film which might explain why there's not much in the way of a backstory. Near enough the people turn up and chop each other to bits. These effects are gory enough, though as they are drawn directly onto the frames they are wobbly and are much more comical than special.

Still, it's watchable and a better than sitting through Venom.

Not sure what was going through anyone's mind that there needed to be a dance act at the end though ....

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