Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman - The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray + DVD Combo)

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Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman - The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray + DVD Combo)

The colossally popular Zatoichi films make up the longest-running action series in Japanese history and created one of the screen's great heroes: an itinerant blind masseur who also happens to be a lightning-fast swordsman. As this iconic figure, the charismatic and earthy Shintaro Katsu became an instant superstar, lending a larger-than-life presence to the thrilling adventures of a man who lives staunchly by a code of honor and delivers justice in every town and village he enters. The films that feature him are variously pulse-pounding, hilarious, stirring, and completely off-the-wall. This deluxe set features the string of twenty-five Zatoichi films made between 1962 and 1973, collected in one package for the first time.

Films Include:

  • The Tale Of Zatoichi
  • The Tale Of Zatoichi Continues
  • New Tale Of Zatoichi
  • Zatoichi The Fugitive
  • Zatoichi On The Road
  • Zatoichi And The Chest Of Gold
  • Zatoichi's Flashing Sword
  • Fight, Zatoichi, Fight
  • Adventures Of Zatoichi
  • Zatoichi's Revenge
  • Zatoichi And The Doomed Man
  • Zatoichi And The Chess Expert
  • Zatoichi's Vengeance
  • Zatoichi's Pilgrimage
  • Zatoichi's Cane Sword
  • Zatoichi The Outlaw
  • Zatoichi Challenged
  • Zatoichi And The Fugitives
  • Samaritan Zatoichi
  • Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo
  • Zatoichi Goes To The Fire Festival
  • Zatoichi Meets The One-Armed Swordsman
  • Zatoichi At Large
  • Zatoichi In Desperation
  • Zatoichi's Conspiracy


  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Aug 22 2013
  • Empire SKU 1668403
  • UPC Code 715515112116
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 27
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


The Blind Swordsman: A 1978 Documentary About Zatoichi Portrayer And Filmmaker Shintaro Katsu, Along With A New Interview With Its Director, John Nathan
New Interview With Asian-Film Critic Tony Rayns
Trailers For All Twenty-Five Films
Book Featuring An Essay By Critic Geoffrey O'Brien; Synopses Of The Films By Critic, Novelist, And Musician Chris D.; The Tale Of Zatoichi - The Original Short Story By Kan Shimozawa; 25 New Illustrations Inspired By The Films, By Twenty-Five Different Artists


  • Audio
    Japanese Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 2.35:1 B&W
    Widescreen 2.35:1 Color

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