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Zatôichi: The Blind Swordsman Collection(1962-1989)

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.


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The Tale of Zatoichi(1962)

1h 36min | Adventure, Action, Drama
3.7/5 (with 38 votes)

The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur and master swordsman. Zatoichi targets a yakuza-controlled village, because war with a neighbouring town's smaller gang is brewing.

Directed by Kenji Misumi - With Shintarō Katsu, Chitose Maki, Eijirō Yanagi, Shigeru Amachi

The Tale of Zatoichi Continues(1962)

1h 12min | Adventure, Action
3.5/5 (with 24 votes)

Returning to the village where a year before he had killed Hirate, a much-admired opponent, Zatoichi encounters another swordsman and former rival in love: his own brother. He must face in combat not only the pursuing retainers but his own flesh-and-blood.

Zatoichi the Fugitive(1963)

1h 26min | Adventure, Action, Drama
3.5/5 (with 15 votes)

After arriving in the town of Shimonita, Ichi finds that a price has been put on his head by a local yakuza boss. He's drawn into a trap, but after hearing of the slaying of a former love, Ichi furiously fights his way through the entire clan to face the killer, a hired ronin.

Zatoichi on the Road(1963)

3.5/5 (with 15 votes)

Zatoichi is sworn to protect the life of a young girl and without any real allies finds himself in the middle of a bloody turf war.

New Tale of Zatoichi(1963)

1h 31min | Action, Drama
3.5/5 (with 21 votes)

Wishing to find peace, Zatoichi travels to his old village but only finds trouble when he ends up in a love triangle and finds old scores have followed him home.

Directed by Tokuzō Tanaka - With Shintarō Katsu

Adventures of Zatoichi(1964)

1h 26min | Adventure, Action, Drama
3.3/5 (with 13 votes)

Blind swordsman/masseuse Zatoichi befriends a young woman looking for her father, a village leader who has disappeared. As he helps her investigate the disappearance, Zatoichi also becomes involved with another young woman who is trying to help her brother, who has murdered someone at about the same time and place as the missing man was last seen.

Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold(1964)

1h 23min | Action, Drama
3.4/5 (with 15 votes)

Ichi travels to the village of Itakura to pay his respects at the grave of Kichizo, a man he killed two years ago. When some tax money is stolen while in transit to the governor he is accused and sets out to find the money and clear his name.

Zatoichi's Flashing Sword(1964)

1h 22min | Action, Drama
3.3/5 (with 14 votes)

Blind masseur Zatoichi is nursed back to health by a young woman after he is shot by a gang member. Zatoichi, who had come to the village to repay a debt, now feels further indebted. He commits himself to use his amazing sword skills to help the young woman's father, whose river-crossing service is under attack by the same gang responsible for Zatoichi's wounds.

Fight, Zatoichi, Fight(1964)

1h 27min | Adventure, Action, Drama
3.4/5 (with 14 votes)

Blind swordsman/masseuse Zatoichi befriends a young woman returning home with her baby. When gangsters mistake her for Zatoichi and kill her, Zatoichi determines to escort the baby to its father. He gains the reluctant help of a young pick pocket and together they travel to find the baby's father. But they do not reckon on the father's reaction to their arrival, nor on their own growing feelings for the child.

Zatoichi and the Chess Expert(1965)

1h 27min | Adventure, Action, Drama
3.1/5 (with 10 votes)

Zatoichi makes friends with a dangerous chess player, while fending off angry yakuza and bloodthirsty relatives out for revenge, and trying to save a sick child. Meanwhile, his luck with dice is turning.

Zatoichi and the Doomed Man(1965)

1h 28min | Adventure, Action, Drama
3.5/5 (with 12 votes)

Blind swordsman Zatoichi, jailed briefly, is implored by another prisoner to aid him in proving his innocence of a crime for which he is sentenced to death. Zatoichi is reluctant to get involved, because he knows how often such involvement has led to trouble in the past. But events conspire to thrust him repeatedly into involvement, and gradually he comes to believe in the man's innocence and determines to free him.

Zatoichi's Revenge(1965)

1h 24min | Adventure, Action, Drama
3.3/5 (with 11 votes)

Itinerant masseur and master swordsman, the blind Zatoichi, is near the village of his teacher, Hikonoichi, so he decides to visit. He learns of Hikonoichi's recent robbery and murder and the imprisonment of his virginal daughter, Osayo, in a brothel. Through friendship with Denroku, a local dice thrower and devoted father, Ichi uncovers an unholy alliance between the governor and the area strongman: among their scams is falsifying tax records to put farmers in debt, then forcing their daughters into prostitution at the boss's brothel. With help from Denroku's daughter, Otsuru, Ichi comforts Osayo until he can provoke showdowns with the villains and their henchmen.

Directed by Akira Inoue - With Shintarō Katsu, Sachiko Kobayashi
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Zatoichi's Vengeance(1966)

1h 23min | Action, Drama
3.2/5 (with 11 votes)

Zatoichi comes upon a dying man who asks him to give a bag of money to "Taichi". Zatoichi has no idea who this is but when he comes upon a small town harassed by gangsters, he finds that "Taichi" was the man's young son. Along his travels he also met a blind monk who makes Zatoichi question his murderous lifestyle. In trying to help the town, Zatoichi kills some gangsters and becomes a hero to the boy. He must make a choice of whether to use non-violence and set a good example, or violence and set the boy on the wrong path in life.

Zatoichi's Pilgrimage(1966)

1h 22min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 14 votes)

Our hero Zatoichi sails to one of the distant islands to begin a pilgrimage to a total of 88 Shinto shrines.

Zatoichi's Cane Sword(1967)

1h 33min | Adventure, Action, Drama
3.7/5 (with 10 votes)

Zatoichi comes upon the town of Tonda, overrun by gangsters. Using one of his favorite techniques, Zatoichi proceeds to win 8 ryo in a rigged gambling game. Of course, the local gangsters attempt to kill him, and the adventure begins. It turns out a blacksmith named Senzo examines Zatoichi's cane sword, and discovers it to be forged by his old mentor. Senzo discovers the sword is at the end of its usefulness and will break when it is used next.

Zatoichi Challenged(1967)

1h 27min | Adventure, Action, Drama
3.2/5 (with 12 votes)

Ichi is staying at an inn when a woman dies. Her dying wish is that Ichi take her son to his father, an artist living in a nearby town. After arriving in the town, Ichi finds out that the father has been forced by a local boss to create illegal pornography to pay off his gambling debts. Ichi makes it his mission to save tha man and reunite the family, even though it brings him into conflict with a samurai he sort of befriended on his way to the town.

Zatoichi the Outlaw(1967)

1h 36min | Adventure, Action, Drama
3.3/5 (with 10 votes)

When a local gambling house kidnaps some peasants because they failed to pay their debts, a rival gambling house pays their debts and sets them free.

Zatoichi and the Fugitives(1968)

1h 22min | Adventure, Action, Drama
3.3/5 (with 10 votes)

Zatoichi runs afoul of some evil fugitives, working for a corrupt law official.

Samaritan Zatoichi(1968)

1h 24min | Adventure, Action, Drama
3.2/5 (with 10 votes)

Zatoichi is forced to kill a young man who owes a debt to a yakuza boss. Moments later, his sister Osode arrives with the money she earned (prostituting herself) to pay his debts. The bosses true motives are revealed and he attempts to steal Osode even though the debt is paid. Zatoichi realizes his grievous error and protects the girl from the gang. Osode and Zatoichi are caught in a dilemma as she must rely on her brother's killer for protection and Zatoichi wrestles with the injustice he has caused.

Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo(1970)

1h 55min | Adventure, Action, Drama
3.6/5 (with 18 votes)

With a price on his head, Ichi seeks tranquillity in a favorite village. Since his last visit, it has fallen prey to Boss Masagoro, the son of a merchant rumored to have stolen gold from the shogunate. The boss has hired Yojimbo as his hard-drinking enforcer, but Yojimbo is both a spy for the shogunate, trying to find the gold, and in love with the merchant's unwilling mistress, Umeno. Ichi hires on as the merchant's masseur and buys Umeno's freedom with his employer's own money. This embarrasses Yojimbo who withdraws from a pact with Ichi to stir up trouble between father and son and their gangs. As the two sides fight, Ichi finds the gold and sets up a final set of confrontations.

Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival(1970)

1h 36min | Adventure, Action, Drama
3.3/5 (with 12 votes)

Zatoichi is mentored by the blind leader of a secret organization as he contends with both the Yakuza and a jealous husband.

Directed by Kenji Misumi - With Shintarō Katsu

Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman(1971)

1h 34min | Adventure, Action, Drama
3.3/5 (with 13 votes)

Zatoichi is a blind massage therapist and swordsman who finds out that something troubling is taking place on the outskirts of town. After discovering who the guilty parties are -- an accomplished Chinese martial artist named Wang Kang and his youthful attendant -- Zatoichi finds them and discovers that the pair's mixed up with a dangerous bunch of terrorist samurai who murdered the boy's parents. Now, Zatoichi must step in to save the day.

Directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda - With Jimmy Wang

Zatoichi in Desperation(1972)

1h 35min | Adventure, Action, Drama
3.4/5 (with 8 votes)

After accidentally causing the death of an old lady, Zatoichi tries to do right by buying the lady’s daughter’s freedom from a brothel - but this causes more problems than solves them.

Zatoichi at Large(1972)

1h 30min | Adventure, Action, Drama
3.3/5 (with 9 votes)

Blind masseur and master swordsman Zatoichi finds a robbed and fatally wounded pregnant woman, whose baby he delivers before she dies. He takes the baby in search of its father and finds the child's aunt, who is about to be forced into prostitution for want of a payment the dead mother was bringing. Zatoichi determines to save the woman from her cruel fate.

Zatoichi's Conspiracy(1973)

1h 28min | Action, Drama
3.4/5 (with 9 votes)

Zatoichi, the famed blind swordsman, returns to his home village for the first time in many years. He is befriended by Omiyo, who had the same wet-nurse as Zatoichi. He also encounters a boyhood friend, Shinbei, who now is wealthy and appears not to remember Zatoichi. Shinbei seems to be interested in repaying the villagers' debts, but is in reality manipulating the ownership of a now-valuable rock quarry. Zatoichi learns of the subterfuge and confronts his old friend, who has a score of yakuza swordsmen backing his play.

Zatoichi(1989)

1h 56min | Action, Drama
3.1/5 (with 12 votes)

Older, wiser but still a wandering loner, the blind, peace-loving masseur Ichi seeks a peaceful life in a rural village. When he's caught in the middle of a power struggle between two rival Yakuza clans, his reputation as a deadly defender of the innocent is put to the ultimate test in a series of sword-slashing showdowns.

Directed by Shintarō Katsu
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