Criterion Collection: Zatoichi - Blind Swordsman

Criterion Collection: Zatoichi - Blind Swordsman

     
 
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

Overview

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

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2016
UPC:
0715515170611
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
36:36:00
Sales rank:
3,734

Special Features

The Blind Swordsman, a 1978 documentary about Zatoichi portrayer and filmmaker Snintaro Katsu, along with an interview with it's director, John Nathan; Interview with Asian-film critic Tony Rayns; Trailers for all twenty-five films

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