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Zatoichi (Zatôichi) - Takeshi "Beat" Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Yui Natsukawa

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Movie propaganda

His sword made him a hero, his courage made him a legend.

19th Century Japan... Zatoichi (Takeshi "Beat" Kitano) is a blind wanderer who makes a living by gambling and giving massages. But behind his humble façade, Zatoichi is a master swordsman, gifted with lightning-fast draw and strokes of breathtaking precision. Zatoichi discovers a remote mountain town at the mercy of the Ginzo gang. The ruthless Ginzo dispose of anyone who gets in their way, quicker than ever since they recruited mighty samurai ronin Gennosuke Hattori (Tadanobu Asano). In a gambling joint, Zatoichi and trustworthy young friend Shinkichi (Gadarukanaru Taka) meet up with a couple of geishas. As dangerous as they are beautiful, O-Kinu (Yuuko Daike) and her sister O-Sei (Daigorô Tachibana) have come to town to avenge their parents' murder. With their only clue being the mysterious name Kuchinawa, the geisha sisters have lots of tricks up their sleeves. Sinister henchmen are soon hunting down Zatoichi. With his legendary cane sword at his side, Zatoichi's path is destined for many violent showdowns...

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Japan samurai swordsman blind gang crime justice ronin

Persons of interest

  • Takeshi "Beat" Kitano .... Zatoichi
  • Tadanobu Asano .... Gennosuke Hattori
  • Yui Natsukawa .... O-Shino
  • Michiyo Ookusu .... O-Ume
  • Gadarukanaru Taka .... Shinkichi
  • Yuuko Daike .... O-Kinu
  • Daigorô Tachibana .... O-Sei/Seitarou
  • Ittoku Kishibe .... Ginzou
  • Saburo Ishikura .... Oogiya
  • Akira Emoto .... Nomiya no Oyaji
  • Kan Shimozawa .... Author
  • Takeshi "Beat" Kitano .... Screenwriter
  • Takeshi "Beat" Kitano .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Zatoichi is a hard-core samurai flick that uses the traditional Hollywood Western story of the stranger who rides into town and cleans up the trash, then rides out again leaving only a silver bullet.

"Who was that masked man?"

There are some funny bits, too. And some tap dancing. Where would a samurai flick be without tap-dancing peasants?

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: English, Japanese
  • Picture: Widescreen 1.85:1
  • Special features:
    • Documentaries: Behind-the-scenes
    • Interviews: Katsumi Yanagishima (Cinematographer), Norihiro Isodo (Production Designer), Kazuko Kurosawa (Costume Designer), Tatsumi Nikamoto (Master Swordsman)
  • Subtitles: Arabic, English, English captions, English closed captions

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (High level violence)

Surveillance time

115 minutes (1:55 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 2 September 2004
DVD rental: 16 February 2004

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