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Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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Actor: Shintaro Katsu

Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Director: Various

Edition: Criterion Collection

Features:

  • New 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 new interview with its director, John Nathan
  • New interview with Asian-film critic Tony Rayns
  • Trailers, New English subtitle translations
  • 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 new illustrations inspired by the films, by twenty-five different artists

Format: Box set

Genre: Action & Adventure

Number Of Discs: 9

Publisher: Criterion Collection

Release Date: 2016-09-13

Running Time: 2190

Details: 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.

NINE-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

UPC: 715515170611

EAN: 0715515170611