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Zatôichi ()


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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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Zatôichi / Ichi (as Beat Takeshi)
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Hattori Genosuke
Michiyo Yasuda ...
Aunt Oume (as Michiyo Ohkusu)
Taka Guadalcanal ...
Shinkichi
Daigorô Tachibana ...
Geisha Seitaro 'Osei' Naruto
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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)
Noriyasu ...
Dancing Farmer (as The Stripes)
Makoto Ashikawa ...
Carpenter
Tsumami Edamame ...
Carpenter
Kosuke Ohta ...
Carpenter
Yoshiyuki Morishita ...
Carpenter
Naomasa Musaka ...
Yakuza Boss on the Country Road
Shôken Kunimoto ...
Rival Swordsman
Daigaku Sekine ...
Ginzo's Henchman I
Koji Koike ...
Boss Funahachi
Kôji Kiryû ...
Dice Dealer at Funahachi's Joint (as Koji Kiryu)
Taigi Kobayashi ...
Funahachi's Bodyguard
Ayano Yoshida ...
Young O-Kinu
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Young O-Sei (Seitaro)
Kanji Tsuda ...
Playboy at Home
Ikki Goto ...
Kuchinawa Underling 1
Yoshio Nakamura ...
Kuchinawa Underling 3
Hiroaki Noguchi ...
Kuchinawa Underling 5
Shinichi Nakatsu ...
Kuchinawa Underling 2
Toru Yonezu ...
Kuchinawa Underling 4
P. Man ...
Tavern Customer 4
Al Kitago ...
Farmer Boy 1
Omiya no Matsu ...
Farmer Boy 2
Tsutomu Takeshige ...
Farmer Boy 4
Gambino Kobayashi ...
Farmer Boy 5
Sammy Moremore Jr. ...
Farmer Boy 6
Muhômatsu ...
Farmer Boy with a Spear (as Muhomatsu)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yasushi Higuchi
Ryûki Kitaoka
Isao Ogura
Masayoshi Ohzeki
Kenji Takechi ...
Yakuza
Yôji Tanaka

Directed by

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Takeshi Kitano

Written by

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Takeshi Kitano ... (screenplay)
 
Kan Shimozawa ... (novels)

Produced by

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Makoto Kakurai ... assistant producer
Shinji Komiya ... line producer
Jack Maeby ... producer
Masayuki Mori ... producer: Office Kitano
Chieko Saitô ... planner
Tsunehisa Saitô ... producer: Saitô Entertainment
Masanori Sanada ... co-producer
Takio Yoshida ... co-producer

Music by

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Keiichi Suzuki

Cinematography by

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Katsumi Yanagijima

Film Editing by

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Takeshi Kitano
Yoshinori Ohta

Casting By

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Takefumi Yoshikawa

Production Design by

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Norihiro Isoda

Costume Design by

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Yohji Yamamoto

Makeup Department

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Kakusei Fujiwara ... special makeup effects artist

Production Management

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Kensei Mori ... production manager

Sound Department

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Senji Horiuchi ... sound designer
Akira Nakano ... sound recordist
Kenji Shibasaki ... sound effects

Stunts

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Tatsumi Nikamoto ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Hitoshi Takaya ... lighting director
Toshio Watanabe ... still photographer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kazuko Kurosawa ... costume supervisor

Other crew

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Marc Handler ... voice director: English version / writer: English version
Hideboh ... choreographer: tap dancing (as The Stripes)
Richard Lormand ... publicist: international
Noriyasu ... choreographer: tap dancing (as The Stripes)
Ron II ... choreographer: tap dancing (as The Stripes)
Haru Shôbara ... script supervisor
Suji ... choreographer: tap dancing (as The Stripes)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines His Sword Made Him a Hero... His Courage Made Him a Legend. This Summer, Justice is Blind. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Zatoichi (World-wide, English title)
  • Takeshi Kitano's Zatoichi (World-wide, English title)
  • The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (United States)
  • Zatoichi - Der blinde Samurai (Germany)
  • Zatoichi (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 116 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend Japan $816,174, 12 Sep 2003

Did You Know?

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Trivia The blood in the film has been described by many as being "too CGI". Kitano did this intentionally, wanting to "soften the shock to the audience" due to the high body count. Kitano told the CGI artist he wanted the blood to "look like flowers blossoming across the screen." See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Dragon Lives Again (2012). See more »
Quotes Zatôichi: Even with my eyes wide open I can't see a thing.
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