Based on a story by the novelist Kan Shimozawa, The Tale of Zatoichi was just one more minor chambara feature, but Shintaro Katsu’s portrayal of the blind swordsman was surprisingly popular and the Zatoichi films went on to become the longest running chambara series of all, running to 25 feature films and four seasons as a TV series. The blind swordsman wanders into a town to celebrate the New Year. Zatoichi is a blind swordsman who helps people. Kenji Misumi, who directed the first installment of the Zatoichi series, returns with this tale in which the blind swordsman once again finds himself the protector of a child: a little girl pursued by both devious family members and bloodthirsty ruffians. Everything comes full circle when Zatoichi returns to his hometown. He functions as a kind of Bodhisattva, helping the poor, the oppressed, the down and out—righting wrongs and redeeming the innocent. Thread starter jack_package_200; Start date Nov 2, 2018; ... Barnes and Noble is going to be getting way too much money from me this month. He gave Marie his shirt to wash, and climbed the stairs to his own rooms. 3:44 Zatoichi : The Blind Swordsman 6:42 100 Years of Olympic Films 10:27 Ingmar Bergman's Cinema. Zatoichi is back—and in color! Wearying of his wandering lifestyle, Zatoichi yearns to settle down; unfortunately, when he does so it’s in a town overrun by yakuza. Become a B&N Member. Learn More Barnes and Noble November Criterion Collection 50% off sale is now. Get info about new releases, essays and interviews on the Current, Top 10 lists, and sales. * Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (Blu-ray) for $99.99-- Same deal is available at Amazon for $99.99 * 50% Off The Criterion Collection Films (Blu-ray & DVDs) ... 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Use up arrow (for mozilla firefox browser alt+up arrow) and down arrow (for mozilla firefox browser alt+down arrow) to review and enter to select. I've managed to find it at my local Barnes and Noble (and with a little streak of luck) I am just in time to ... Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman; Next Ten Recommendations. Here are some suggested Criterion Collection titles to pick up at Barnes and Noble's 50% off Criterion sale. To clear his name, he must face off against a corrupt official, a succession of hired blades, and a bullwhip-wielding titan, played by star Shintaro Katsu’s brother Tomisaburo Wakayama. Learn More . While on the road, Zatoichi befriends a young mother right before she is savagely murdered. While traveling the countryside, Zatoichi comes across Wang Kang (Jimmy Wang Yu), a Chinese swordsman protecting a brutally orphaned young child. Based on a story by the novelist Kan Shimozawa, The Tale of Zatoichi was just one more minor chambara feature, but Shintaro Katsu’s portrayal of the blind swordsman was surprisingly popular and the Zatoichi films went on to become the longest running chambara series of all, running to 25 feature films and four seasons as a TV series. Hoping to leave violence behind, the blind masseur wanders to a village, where he… Guest starring the legendary Tatsuya Nakadai as a ronin haunted by a traumatic past, and featuring an unforgettable nude swordfight in a bathhouse, this twenty-first entry in the series is a fan favorite. Hired by a yakuza boss to eliminate an accused debtor, Zatoichi fulfills his task, only to witness the victim’s sister paying the owed amount minutes later. You can view Barnes & Noble’s Privacy Policy. You are paying only about $5 per movie and the Criterion Collection is noted for their pristine transfers using whatever available film source they can find. The Bad and the Beautiful (Warner Archive BD) 1952. So that’s cool. Hoping to leave violence behind, the blind masseur wanders to a village, where he meets an old friend fallen on hard times. Director Issei Mori, who played a significant role in getting Shintaro Katsu cast as Zatoichi in the first place, shows his filmmaking flair, delivering bloody battles and raucous humor while mischievously upending narrative expectations. The B&N Mastercard® 5% Back on All B&N Purchases. Criterion have once again launched a bi-annual sale at their finest brick-and-mortar outlet, Barnes & Noble, and we thus thought it’d be a good idea to bring you ten favorite titles in their vast, ever-growing collection. Promising her that he will hand over her baby to its father, the blind masseur embarks on an adventure both sentimental and beset by perilous action. 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