Zatoichi – The Blind Swordsman [The Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [2018]

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THE ADVENTURES OF THE LEGENDARY BLIND SWORDSMAN IN A KILLER, TWENTY-FIVE-FILM SET
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 honour 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.

Includes 25 Films:

  • 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

Blu-Ray Special Edition Features

  • Digital restorations of all twenty-five films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
  • The Blind Swordsman, a 1978 documentary about Zatoichi portrayer and filmmaker Shintaro Katsu, along with a 2013 interview with its director, John Nathan
  • Interview from 2013 with Asian-film critic Tony Rayns
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: A 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; and twenty-five illustrations inspired by the films, by twenty-five different artists