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The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)

Zatôichi (original title)
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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Zatôichi / Ichi (as Beat Takeshi)
... Hattori Genosuke
Michiyo Yasuda ... Aunt Oume (as Michiyo Ohkusu)
Taka Guadalcanal ... Shinkichi
Daigorô Tachibana ... Geisha Seitaro 'Osei' Naruto
... Geisha Okinu Naruto
Yui Natsukawa ... O-Shino, Hattori's Wife
Ittoku Kishibe ... Boss Inosuke Ginzo
Saburô Ishikura ... Boss Tashichi Ogi
Akira Emoto ... Tavern Owner Pops
Ben Hiura ... Tavern Gramps
Kohji Miura ... Lord Sakai
Hideboh ... Dancing Farmer (as The Stripes)
Ron II ... Dancing Farmer (as The Stripes)
Suji ... Dancing Farmer (as The Stripes)
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Storyline

Blind Zatoichi makes his living by gambling and giving massages. But behind his humble facade, Zatoichi is a master swordsman, gifted with lightning-fast draw and strokes of breathtaking precision. Zatoichi wanders into a town run by sinister gangs and a powerful samurai. He's destined for violent showdowns when he stumbles on two beautiful geishas avenging their parents' murder... Duels, wit and a touch of zen! Cult anti-hero Zatoichi is back in a sword-fighting adventure written, directed and starring Takeshi Kitano. Written by intlpress@aol.com

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His Sword Made Him a Hero... His Courage Made Him a Legend. This Summer, Justice is Blind.


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Rated R for strong stylized bloody violence | See all certifications »

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6 September 2003 (Japan)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,424,807 (Japan), 7 September 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,104, 25 July 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$853,718, 26 September 2004
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Trivia

With this film, Takeshi Kitano become the second actor to portray the titular blind swordsman theatrically after Shintaro Katsu. See more »

Quotes

Shinkichi: I have to say, it's incredible. You really look like a woman! Does make-up make men beautiful?
Geisha Seitaro 'Osei' Naruto: It doesn't work on everyone. It depends on the face!
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Breaking all the Rules
9 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

It's a kind of "what the hell" type of movie, as in "what the hell, let's throw in a dance scene," as in "what the hell, let's play with 50 years of mythology' as in 'what the hell is an action movie really?" I liked it. It had a desert dry humor about it, the action scenes were amazing (yes, the blood is supposed to look fake!) and I just liked the shear audacity of it all. Kitano made a crowd pleasing action film with out sacrificing his art. It isn't the plot that makes this one go, it's Kitano's refusal to play to anyones expectations. It's not a perfect movie, but it's amazing to watch a film maker at the top of his game just showing off for his own selfish pleasure.


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