The Zatoichi Films Films
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The Zatoichi Films

These are the original 26 Zatoichi films starring Shintaro Katsu. I also recommend picking up Tokyo Shock's release of the first season of the T.V series,"Tales of Zatoichi". There were 4 T.V seasons in all. I'm still hoping Tokyo Shock will dig up the rest someday.

Update: SamuraiDVD.com has released the entire second season of "Tales of Zatoichi" on DVD. 29 episodes in 10 volumes never seen outside of Japan. Don't know how they did this but they are my heroes. If you are a fan of this series you are required to pick these up. Cheers
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    Tale Of Zatoichi 1962 This first Zatoichi film is a great introduction to the character. Shintaru Katsu was a gifted actor who could bring a tremendous sympathy to Zatoichi, and yet Zatoichi was not only compassionate but

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    Zatoichi's Cane Sword 1967 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

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    Fight Zatoichi Fight 1964 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

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    Zatoichi and the Chess Expert 1965 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

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    Tale of Zatoichi Continues 1962 Blind swordsman/masseur Zatoichi is pursued by the retainers of a lord who fear that he will reveal a secret weakness of their master. Returning to the village where a year before he had killed

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    Zatoichi: On the Road 1963 Blind swordsman/masseuer Ichi (or "Zatoichi") is asked by a dying man to deliver the maiden Mitsu (or "Omitsu") to her family in Edo, and Zatoichi feels honor-bound to do so. But

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    Zatoichi's Revenge 1965 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

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    Zatoichi's Pilgrimage 1966 If not exceptional, a good and sometimes strange entry in the Zatôichi series.After two successive unusual and in part unrelated beginnings, we enter truly familiar territories. The planned and

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    New Tale of Zatoichi 1963 Blind masseur and master swordsman, Zatoichi, is tired of killing. He journeys to his old village looking for peace, but is pursued by the brother of Boss Kanbei, a man he's killed. Back home, Ichi

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    Zatoichi's Flashing Sword 1964 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

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    Zatoichi the Fugitive 1963 Blind swordsman/masseur Ichi (known as Zatoichi, or "Masseur Ichi") angers a local yakuza gang when he defeats several of them in a wrestling match. When he finds that his long lost love

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    Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo 1970 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

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    Zatoichi: Festival of Fire 1970 'Zatoichi At The Fire Festival' was the 21st entry in the popular martial arts series that starred Shintaro Katsu as the blind swordsman Zatoichi. This time around Zatoichi (who moonlights as a

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    Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold 1964 In the 1840s, Ichi, blind masseur and quick-draw swordsman, travels to the village of Itakura to pay his respects at the grave of Kichizo, a man he killed two years' ago. The villages in the area,

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    Adventures of Zatoichi 1964 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

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    Zatoichi and the Doomed Man 1965 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,

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    Zatoichi's Vengeance 1966 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

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    Zatoichi in Desperation 1972 Zatoichi in Desperation is the most somber and darkest Zatoichi film that I have seen in the series, both in terms of photography and plot. It's interesting that Shintaro Katsu, who plays Zatoichi,

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    Zatoichi at Large 1972 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

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    Zatoichi Meets the One Armed Swordsman 1971 One of the more accessible films in the series due to its simpler story (two heroes ally themselves against an evil but then find themselves on different sides due to a mis-understanding). Though the

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    Samaritan Zatoichi 1968 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

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    Zatoichi and the Fugitives 1968 Blind masseur and master swordsman Zatoichi becomes involved with a gang of bandits hiding out in a small village. While they hide in the attic of a silk mill, they manipulate the corrupt chief

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    Zatoichi Challenged 1967 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

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    Zatoichi the Outlaw 1967 One of my favorites of the entire series. Zatoichi helps a Yakuza boss by k*****g his rival because he believes he is a good man. After going into hiding for a year he returns after learning he was

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    Zatoichi: Darkness is his Ally 1989 Shintaro Katsu first portrayed the blind swordsman Zatoichi in 1962 in the film The Tale of Zatoichi. Over the next 10 years, Katsu would star in 24 more Zatoichi films and become one of the biggest

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    Zatoichi's Conspiracy 1973 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

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