Blind masseur Zatôichi travels from town to town gambling, drinking, and fighting off the local gangs.
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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
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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
Drama | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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
Drama | Adventure | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

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
Drama | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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
Drama | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

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
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

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
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Blind masseur Zatôichi travels from town to town gambling, drinking, and fighting off the local gangs.

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His direction of the episode "The Kannon Statue That Was Tied" was the final directing job for Kenji Misumi. It was also the only episode of this television series that he directed. He was the director of the original Zatoichi feature film "Zatoichi Monogatari" (1962). He died the following year at the age of 54. See more »

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Follows Zatoichi's Vengeance (1966) See more »

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101 Variations of Zatoichi
13 May 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

You know what to expect of these stories in this series. Zatoichi travels to a new town. Zatoichi encounters thugs and criminals and acknowledging the harm these characters are causing they are eliminated. Occasionally, Zatoichi performs some other kind duty for the community, family or an individual. Such acts raise the stories up above mere routine drama without merit for those who like the genre. That, as well as the fantastic performances given by Shintaro Katsu gambling,drinking and displaying an appreciation of the fairer sex. Importantly, Katsu is always surrounded by an excellent supporting cast, it is not his show alone.

Sometimes sadly, Zatoichi kills honourable men like himself that he encounters due to unfortunate circumstances. Zatoichi is a killing machine and other honourable men, but also often flawed in some way, must die.

In 'The Heartless Man, Touched By Compassion' there is a particularly sad outcome, it is very difficult to watch Zatoichi observing the blind woman leaving town alone without her brother, and without the hope of a cure for her blindness. However, on further reflection the blind woman's tragic departure highlights exactly the harsh moral of the story.


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