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1. The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)

R | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.6
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75 Metascore

The blind masseur/swordsman comes to a town in control of warring gangs, and while bunking with a farming family, he meets two women with their own agenda.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Yui Natsukawa, Michiyo Ohkusu

Votes: 43,180 | Gross: $0.85M

2. The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur who also happens to be a master swordsman.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Masayo Banri, Ryûzô Shimada, Hajime Mitamura

Votes: 3,805

3. Zatôichi (1989)

Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Drama

7.4
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Nearing the village of his sensei, Zatoichi decides to pay the teacher a visit, only to learn that he has been murdered and his daughter forced into prostitution. Ichi's investigation into ... See full summary »

Director: Shintarô Katsu | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Kanako Higuchi, Takanori Jinnai, Ryûtarô Gan

Votes: 1,226

4. Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

7.1
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Zatoichi tries to unrest the mob rule over a small village all while the gang leader's bodyguard is actually the Yojimbo, secretly taking the gang down from the inside. Will the two heroes realize in time that they are on the same side?

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Shintarô Katsu, Ayako Wakao, Osamu Takizawa

Votes: 1,933

5. Ichi (2008)

R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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Ichi is a blind woman who roams about town with her shamisen (a three-stringed Japanese guitar), but she has exceptional sword skills with which she fights off yakuza and other villains.

Director: Fumihiko Sori | Stars: Haruka Ayase, Shidô Nakamura, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Takao Ohsawa

Votes: 2,902

6. Shin zatô Ichi: Yabure! Tôjin-ken (1971)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

7.3
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Two of Japan and China's greatest heroic swordsman find themselves caught in a plot to protect a young child. But will national distrust and simple misunderstanding keep the two kindred spirits apart?

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yu Wang, Watako Hamaki, Michie Terada

Votes: 1,030

7. Zatoichi on the Road (1963)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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Zatoichi promises to deliver a maiden safely home but finds two dangerous gangs have a mysterious interest in the young girl.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Shiho Fujimura, Ryûzô Shimada, Reiko Fujiwara

Votes: 1,150

8. Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

7.5
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Zatoichi meets an infamous blind leader of a gangster organization as he contends with a gloomy ronin widower.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Reiko Ôhara, Pîtâ, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Votes: 909

9. Kantoku · Banzai! (2007)

108 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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Takeshi Kitano plays a version of himself in which he's a struggling director cycling through a number of different genres in an effort to complete his latest project.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Tôru Emori, Kayoko Kishimoto, Anne Suzuki

Votes: 1,695

10. Zatôichi chikemuri kaidô (1967)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

7.7
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After an artist is threatened by the yakuza into creating valuable but highly illegal pornography, the law aims to execute him. Zatoichi, having been honor bound to protect the man and his family, must now run against the law.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Jûshirô Konoe, Miwa Takada, Yukiji Asaoka

Votes: 858

11. Zoku Zatôichi monogatari (1962)

Not Rated | 72 min | Action, Adventure

7.3
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The blind masseur and swordsman, Zatoichi, learns of a powerful political figure's secret and is quickly tailed by a group of killers.

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yaeko Mizutani, Masayo Banri, Tomisaburô Wakayama

Votes: 1,640

12. Zatôichi: The Last (2010)

5.4
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A blind master swordsman attempts to lead a quiet life with his wife but he is provoked back into battle.

Director: Junji Sakamoto | Stars: Shingo Katori, Takashi Sorimachi, Satomi Ishihara, Chieko Baishô

Votes: 309

13. Zatoichi at Large (1972)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

7.2
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On the road, Zatoichi meets a dying pregnant woman and delivers the child moments before she passes. Honor bound, he sets out to find the next-of-kin who he discovers have their own problems.

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Rentarô Mikuni, Hisaya Morishige, Etsushi Takahashi

Votes: 629

14. Samaritan Zatoichi (1968)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

7.4
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Zatoichi is tricked by a crime gang into killing a man. Realizing his mistake, he sets out to protect the dead man's sister, who is conflicted in accepting his help.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yoshiko Mita, Makoto Satô, Kô Nishimura

Votes: 750

15. Zatoichi's Cane-sword (1967)

Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Drama, Adventure

7.7
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Zatoichi, while fighting off the usual group of gangsters, meets the apprentice of the swordsman who created his blade, who relays bad news about the sword.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Shiho Fujimura, Yoshihiko Aoyama, Makoto Fujita

Votes: 789

16. Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

7.3
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A yakuza gang targets the blind masseur Zatoichi after he defeats their group in a wrestling match. Meanwhile a long lost love of Zatoichi's returns to his life.

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Miwa Takada, Masayo Banri, Jun'ichirô Narita

Votes: 1,147

17. Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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In a town where debt-ridden peasants are being ruthlessly exploited, Zatoichi is forced to take sides between a cruel yakuza boss and his seemingly altruistic rival.

Director: Satsuo Yamamoto | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Rentarô Mikuni, Kô Nishimura, Yuko Hamada

Votes: 782

18. Zatoichi and the Fugitives (1968)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

7.5
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Zatoichi runs afoul of some evil fugitives, working for a corrupt law official.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Kayo Mikimoto, Kyôsuke Machida, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 748

19. New Tale of Zatoichi (1963)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Drama

7.5
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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.

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Mikiko Tsubouchi, Seizaburô Kawazu, Fujio Suga

Votes: 1,320

20. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman's Pilgrimage (1966)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

7.3
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Zatoichi's trek through 88 temples to atone for his violent past is interrupted as he stumbles into a village terrorized by a violent yakuza boss.

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Michiyo Ohkusu, Kunie Tanaka, Hisashi Igawa

Votes: 625

21. Zatoichi in Desperation (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.0
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After accidentally causing an old lady's death, Zatoichi seeks out her daughter to atone for the tragedy, consequently getting into all sorts of trouble.

Director: Shintarô Katsu | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Kiwako Taichi, Kyoko Yoshizawa, Yasuhiro Koume

Votes: 655

22. Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (1964)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Drama

7.4
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Zatoichi is mistaken for a thief. To clear his name he must find and defeat the real villain.

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Shôgo Shimada, Mikiko Tsubouchi, Machiko Hasegawa

Votes: 1,050

23. Zatoichi's Conspiracy (1973)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Drama

7.3
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Zatoichi returns to his home village for the first time in over ten years to find much has changed and that corruption abounds.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yukiyo Toake, Eiji Okada, Kei Satô

Votes: 621

24. Adventures of Zatoichi (1964)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.4
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The blind swordsman tries to locate a girl's missing father.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Miwa Takada, Eiko Taki, Kichijirô Ueda

Votes: 863

25. Zatoichi's Vengeance (1966)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama

7.5
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Promising to make a delivery for a dying man, the blind swordsman Zatoichi comes across the usual crime gangs but also meets a blind monk who brings into question his use of violence.

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Shigeru Amachi, Jun Hamamura, Gen Kimura

Votes: 707

26. Zatoichi's Revenge (1965)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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After Zatoichi learns of his sensei's murder he uncovers a horrible conspiracy involving the local government and crime family.

Director: Akira Inoue | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Norihei Miki, Mikiko Tsubouchi, Takeshi Katô

Votes: 879

27. Zatôichi kesshô-tabi (1964)

Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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When Zatoichi witnesses the murder of a young mother he promises to deliver the baby to the father. Along the way he gains the help of a reluctant criminal.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Saburô Date, Nobuo Kaneko, Yoshi Katô

Votes: 1,111

28. Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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After being wounded in a fight, Zatoichi is nursed to health by a young woman and her father. Now indebted to the family, he works to protect their ferry business from local thugs.

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Tatsuo Endô, Takashi Etajima, Ryûtarô Gomi

Votes: 979

29. Zatoichi sakate giri (1965)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.1
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The blind masseur and swordsman, Zatoichi, searches for proof an imprisoned man's innocence.

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Kanbi Fujiyama, Eiko Taki, Masako Akeboshi

Votes: 781

30. Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

7.5
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A samurai with a high skill in chess makes friends with Zatoichi, who finds that things become peculiar in his presence.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Mikio Narita, Chizu Hayashi, Kaneko Iwasaki

Votes: 953

31. Blindsided (II) (2016)

Short, Action

8.6
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A blind man goes to the grocery store to buy some apples to make is favourite disert, an applepie. But when he gets to the grocery store he gets on trouble.

Director: Clayton J. Barber | Stars: Pete Antico, Khalid Ghajji, Eric Jacobus, Joe Kelley

Votes: 9