Adventures of zatoichi 1964 flickers in timeflickers in time. There, he befriends a young woman whose father has gone missing. As he helps her investigate the disappearance, zatoichi also becomes involved with another young woman who is trying to help her brother, who has murdered someone at about the same time and place as the missing man was last seen. With 25 adventures of shintaro katsus famed blind, wandering swordsman zatoichi recently becoming available through both a remarkable criterion collection box set, and digitally via hulu plus, our team decided it was time to walk down the dusty roads of adventure and watch and discuss the entire legendary chanbara series. But they do not reckon on the fathers reaction to their arrival, nor on their own growing. The adventures of the legendary blind swordsman in a killer, twentyfive film set the colossally popular zatoichi films make up the longestrunning action series in japanese history and created one of the screens great heroes.
The blind swordsman tries to locate a girls missing father. The best of these films have an almost yojimbo like sense of grim humor. Adventures of zatoichi, the ninth in what would eventually be a series of twentysix about the wandering blind masseurswordsman zatoichi, slips comfortably into the dominant story beats that comprise most of the ichi films ichi comes to a town under the thumb of oppression a corrupt magistrate and a local crime boss in cahoots this time. Adventures of zatoichi is still a zatoichi film and so its still a fantastic piece of samurai cinema. List all drama japanese movies dramacool drama list. Nov 25, 20 not every zatoichi film qualifies as great cinema, but even when the series falters a bit, every single one of these films is still well worth your time. In the advent of the new years festival, merchants arriving in town are being forced to pay an unfair tax by a yakuza gang in league with a local official. Seeing kitanos film, i was only aware of one other zatoichi film, not the series. But what makes the film especially timely, and the main reason that im rushing this post after just a single viewing, is that its an excellent new. Zatoichi 111 movie clip blind fury 2003 hd duration. A warrior shintaro katsu pursues yakuza members who murdered a girls father. Its cool and all, but the scene is awfully derivative of the dice scene from the last movie, fight, zatoichi, fight. Adventures of zatoichi 1964 directed by kimiyoshi yasuda.
Adventures of zatoichi isnt one of the best but is still another sounds zatoichi film in the series with its usual charms. Watch full episode of adventures of zatoichi japanese. This is so far the best ive seen in the series thanks in large part to a darker tone than the previous two. You might think that after 8 movies zatoichi might run out of new things to slice in half to scare his enemies, but youd be mistaken. With 25 adventures of shintaro katsus famed blind, wandering swordsman zatoichi recently. He made 24 installments between 1962 and 1973, and made the. As this iconic figure, the charismatic and earthy shintaro katsu became an instant superstar, lending a largerthanlife presence to the thrilling adventures of a man who.
It was originally released by the daiei motion picture company. These films had a variety of accomplished directors behind the camera, but they always starred shintaro katsu 19311997 in the role of the titular, blind and wandering masseur with a penchant for gambling, sake, and slicing up of bad guys. Ganzer film adventures of zatoichi 1964 streamcloud. The film stars shintaro katsu as the blind swordsman zatoichi and jimmy wang yu as the one. Adventures of zatoichi 1964 adventures of zatoichi. You may know where a zatoichi film is headed but it is a great pleasure getting there in so many. Mar 19, 2004 set in the 19th century, the film has kitano himself as the blind masseur and itinerant wiseguywarrior zatoichi, a legendary character familiar in japan from tv specials and movies starring. His recent film was zatoichi, the blind swordsman 2003, a remake, a homage, and a wry take on one of the most popular series of films from japan in the 1960s and 1970s. It was originally released by the daiei motion picture company later acquired by kadokawa pictures zatoichi s revenge is the tenth episode in the 26part film series devoted to the character of zatoichi. This is a list of all the zatoichi movies starring shintaro katsu. Usually when a film series starts getting long, most of the films in the series are mediocre at best, particularly in the later shows. Adventures of zatoichi 1964 aka zatoichi sekisho yaburi.
With a title like adventures of zatoichi, you can only expect two. Zatoichi films is a thing of extraordinary beauty, and finally, it is mine. Despite his efforts to avoid it, trouble always seems to find our mildmannered hero. Aug 16, 2017 the adventures of zatoichi the blind swordsman. The final 1989 film, zatoichi the blind swordsman is missing, possibly due to rights issues, as is the television series. But zatoichi in his run of two dozen films stays good to the end. In contrast to most of the movies in this longrunning series, adventures of a blind man, by the very nature of its plot, offers a look into the. Adventures of zatoichi was the 9th release in the franchise. The character, a blind masseur and blademaster, was created by novelist kan shimozawa. It was rereleased and retitled darkness is his ally in 2004. First, zatoichi is approached by a mysterious man outside a town and asked to deliver a message to a maid at a local inn. Blind swordsmanmasseuse zatoichi befriends a young woman returning home with her baby. Blind swordsmanmasseuse zatoichi befriends a young woman looking for her father, a village leader who has disappeared.
Adventures of zatoichi 1964 full movie download full hd. This seemed to be one of the more ordinary runofthemill zatoichi films. While not one of the best of the zatoichi series, most consider it one of the lower points, its still a good film and one that touches a little on ichis past a little bit as well. I think it suffers a bit from what i have called, in the past, the incredible hulk syndrome. The tale of zatoichi is the first in a long line of films, detailing the adventures of a blind swordsman. Fight, zatoichi, fight 1964, adventures of zatoichi 1964, zatoichis. A list of 25 films compiled on letterboxd, including zatoichi goes to the fire festival 1970, zatoichi and the chest of gold 1964, zatoichi the fugitive 1963, fight, zatoichi, fight 1964 and zatoichi and the fugitives 1968. Adventures of zatoichi adventures of a blind man 1965. Sep 16, 2015 like every katsuscripted zatoichi film, zatoichi in desperation lacks a coherent plot, yet it is truly a film that has to be seentobebelieved and shows just how far the series as evolved from its initial outing. Zatoichi tries to unrest the mob rule over a small village all while the gang leaders bodyguard is actually the yojimbo, secretly taking the gang down from the inside. But for a matinee idol, he receives a decidedly modest introduction. Adventures of zatoichi, zatoichi 9 adventures of zatoichi.
The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur and master swordsman. Chambara entertainmentvideo action of honolulu held the original vhs release rights to the zatoichi film series numbers 120, though it only released some of them. It treads on the backs of all the films that came before it with elements that they all share. After an artist is threatened by the yakuza into creating valuable but highly illegal pornography, the law aims to execute him. This is the ninth in the zatoichi series starring shintaro katsu as the blind masseuse swordsman extraordinaire. What made this one stand out, is the samurai that zatoichi is up against. I pick on the classic 70s tv show version of the hulk, but it is a common problem with these sorts of. Adventures of zatoichi 1964 adventures of zatoichi 1964. The colossally popular zatoichi films make up the longestrunning action. The darkness is his ally 16 years after zatoichis conspiracy, effectively the final film in the series, and a decade after the tv series that followed, shintaro katsu returned to the character as both director and star in a twilight sequel as the final word on the. Zatoichi, zatoichi is a fictional character featured in one of japans longestrunning series of films and a television series that are both set during the late edo period 1830s and 1840s. You cant go wrong with any zatoichi film even though this one has an illfitting score and.
While not one of the best of the zatoichi series, most consider it one of the lower points, its still a good film and one that touches a little on ichis. Adventures of zatoichi is the first film in the series i did not feel was that great. One might think this would get too repetitive and tedious, but at least so far not at all. The blind swordsman box set gets our highest recommendation and damn well deserves it. Also known by the alternate titles zatoichi the blind swordsman or zatoichi.
Adventures of zatoichi is a 1964 japanese chambara film directed by kimiyoshi yasuda and starring shintaro katsu as the blind masseur zatoichi. Zatoichi challenged, zatoichi chikemurikaido is a 1967 japanese chambara film directed by kenji misumi and starring shintaro katsu as the blind masseur zatoichi. Will the two heroes realize in time that they are on the same side. The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur who also happens to be a master swordsman. Shintaro katsu, miwa takada, eiko taki action adventure adventure drama. Dec 29, 2015 at the same time this is happening, a rival samurai, the brother of a man zatoichi once slayed, seeks revenge, stalking him regularly and pressing for a duel that the master swordsman is reluctant to engage in. Adventures of zatoichi has been ranked 1219 times, wins 50.
May 31, 2018 simultaneously, zatoichi promises to help a young girl locate her father, who was killed at the behest of the boss. However, they are soon informed that the local intendant plans on asking forty percent of their profits. Adventures of zatoichi directed bykimiyoshi yasuda produced byshozaburo asai written byshozaburo asai kan shimozawa starringshintaro katsu eiko taki miwa takada music bytaichiro kosugi cinematographyshozo honda release date december 30, 1964 running time 86 minutes countryjapan. Show all episode of adventures of zatoichi dramanice. Returning director kimiyoshi yasuda and screenwriter shozaburo asai masterfully. Zatoichi, japans most popular cinematic hero, starred in over 25 feature films from 1962 through 1973. Zatoichi shares a room at the inn with a young woman searching for her vanished father, who disappeared after appealing to the authorities about the oppressed farmers. Adventures of zatoichi is the ninth film of the franchise based upon the blind masseur.
The colossally popular zatoichi films make up the longestrunning action series in japanese history and created one of the screens great heroes. He gains the reluctant help of a young pick pocket and together they travel to find the babys father. Zatoichi is one of the great characters of any medieval japanese film, and unusually he is not a samurai himself. Zatoichi, having been honor bound to protect the man and his family, must now run against the law. It was originally released by the daiei motion picture company later acquired by kadokawa pictures. This isnt the last zatoichi film directed by yasuda either, so i hope his later efforts will be better. Fight, zatoichi, fight 1964 directed by kenji misumi. Follow shintaro katsu behind the scenes of his final zatoichi movie darkness is his ally. After having witnessed this soulshattering monster of a film, it truly seems unbelievable that zatoichi started as a family. New tale of zatoichi dives right back into the kind of rich morality tale territory that was seen in the first film. Adventures of zatoichi 1964 score selections, music by taichiro kosugi by cult asian soundtracks. When gangsters mistake her for zatoichi and kill her, zatoichi determines to escort the baby to its father.
I already know now, that if you ask me later about details from one of these films, they will probably have become a big blur. Adventures of zatoichi nrh after a lowkey 8th installment, yasuda brings back katsus righteous anger, in an episode haunted by broken families and the promise of a new year. Ichis touching encounter with fatherhood stands complete on its own even without. Zatoichi statecollapsed to show the template collapsed, i. Zatoichi stateexpanded to show the template expanded, i. It was originally released by the daiei motion picture company later acquired by kadokawa pictures zatoichi challenged is the seventeenth episode in the 26part film series devoted to the character of. Then the local yakuza gangsters are demanding a 40% fee from performers during the new years ceremonies. The film begins with zatoichi using his cunning and his disability to his advantage, as. Zatoichi and the chest of gold masseur ichi and a chest of gold 1964.
The blind swordsman tries to locate a girls missing. Zatoichi wants to celebrate new years eve peacefully in a town next to a mountain where a lot of artists, businessmen and comedians have gathered. With shintaro katsu, miwa takada, eiko taki, kichijiro ueda. Returning director kimiyoshi yasuda and screenwriter shozaburo asai masterfully weave together a variety of narrative threads and tonal registers. The blind swordsman wanders into a town to celebrate the new year. New tale of zatoichi akfilmfan it starts off like a regular zatoichi film, then this 3rd entry in the series introduces his master, excellent drama, and a conflict zatoichi who is torn between who he is and who he wants to be. Green berets ultralight bug out bag with gear recommendations duration. An itinerant blind masseur who also happens to be a lightningfast swordsman. Along the way he gains the help of a reluctant criminal. Toshiro mifune, shintaro katsu, ayako wakao, osamu takizawa.
Surprisingly, i found out there were twentyfive more zatoichi films, all starring. The blind swordsman the adventures of zatoichi english subtitled 1964 mpaa rating. With shintaro katsu, masayo banri, ryuzo shimada, hajime mitamura. Whereas the information about the blind masseur and master swordsman has been sparse for many films in the series, kenji misumi s fight, zatoichi, fight. A total of 26 films were made from 1962 to 1989, and then there was also beat takeshis zatoichi in 2003 and zatoichi. Sure, the whole series is formulaic, but its usually a bit more clever in changing up its signature bits from one movie to. Watch adventures of zatoichi full movie in hd visit movie 54272 blind swordsmanmasseuse zatoichi befriends a young woman looking. Tojinken, also known as zatoichi meets the onearmed swordsman, is a 1971 japanesehong kong chambarawuxia crossover by japanese film director kimiyoshi yasuda and chinese film director hsu tseng hung. Zatoichi s flashing sword season 1, episode 7 071064 zatichi is provoked into a swordswinging fury by a disreputable gang leader trying to oust a rival boss.
Masseur ichi and a chest of gold zatoichi senryo kubi 1964 zatoichi, the itinerant blind masseurgambler, travels to itakura village to pay his respects at the grave site of a gambler he killed in a swordfight several years ago. One of the most popular heroes in japanese cinema, zatoichi the blind swordsman inspired 26 feature films, more than 100 tv episodes, and countless comics and collectibles. On the road the movie adventures of zatoichi the blind swordsman japanese wen. Adventures of zatoichi movie quotes rotten tomatoes. The blind swordsman 9 bluray deluxe set the colossally popular zatoichi films make up the longestrunning action series in japanese history and created one of the screens great heroes.655 1361 339 933 1008 525 65 821 1326 1413 1273 417 806 892 1168 1213 1029 489 968 303 595 1191 846 776 355 613 1266 750 1415 569 1017 910 1100 1242 1160 839 246 524 1453 118 1117 762 960 251 270