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Zatoichi ((DVD) (Standard Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) DVD Region 2

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Zatoichi ((DVD) (Standard Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
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Japanese director/actor Kitano Takeshi (Battle Royale) finds himself back at the forefront of both domestic and international film worlds with his latest film Zatoichi! Through the momentum of its international premiere at the 60th Venice Film Festival in 2003, where it garnered the Silver Lion award for Best Director, and the Toronto Film Festival, where it took the People's Choice award, Zatoichi appears poised to turn Kitano into a household name on an international scale.

Based on one of Japan's most famous film characters, the movie tells the story of a blind masseur/master swordsman named Zatoichi. Wandering into a town ruled by corrupt officials and a gang of rough mobsters, he comes across a samurai named Hattori (Asano Tadanobu), who is working for the mobsters in order to pay for treatment for his ailing wife. His circle of friends widens when he strikes up a relationship with the beautiful sisters Osei and Okinu, who pretend to be dancers as they plot their revenge for the murder of their parents. As the story progresses, the tension builds gradually to a boiling head, exploding in a fantastic toe-tapping ending that will leave you longing for multiple viewings!

This silver screen attraction is a must for all Kitano fans, as well as fans of samurai movies, so get your hands on this extravaganza by the master of Japanese Cinema!

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Product Title: Zatoichi ((DVD) (Standard Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) 盲俠座頭市 (DVD) (通常版) (英文字幕) (日本版) 盲侠座头市 (DVD) (通常版) (英文字幕) (日本版) 座頭市 (2003年度製作版) Zatoichi ((DVD) (Standard Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Asano Tadanobu | Natsukawa Yui | Emoto Akira | Daike Yuuko | Kishibe Ittoku | Ishikura Saburo | Guadalcanal Taka | Ohkusu Michiyo 淺野忠信 | 夏川結衣 | 柄本明 | 大家由祐子 | 岸部一德 | Ishikura Saburo | Guadalcanal Taka | 大楠道代 浅野忠信 | 夏川结衣 | 柄本明 | 大家由佑子 | 岸部一德 | Ishikura Saburo | Guadalcanal Taka | 大楠道代 浅野忠信 | 夏川結衣 | エモトアキラ | 大家由祐子 | 岸部一徳 | 石倉三郎 | ガダルカナル・タカ | 大楠道代 | 橘大五郎 Asano Tadanobu | Natsukawa Yui | Emoto Akira | Daike Yuuko | Kishibe Ittoku | Ishikura Saburo | Guadalcanal Taka | Ohkusu Michiyo
Director: Kitano Takeshi 北野武 北野武 北野武 Kitano Takeshi
Release Date: 2004-03-11
Publisher Product Code: BCBJ-1811
Language: Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: Bandai Visual
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1002991839

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
北野武 (脚本、編集、監督、出演) / 浅野忠信 / 大楠道代


製作国 : 日本 (Japan)
公開年 : 2003

その日、三組の旅人が同じ宿場町に入った。  まずひとりは金髪頭に朱塗りの杖を持った盲目の居合いの達人・座頭市。街道筋でヤクザたちにからまれるが、一瞬にして三人を切り捨てる。二組目は服部源之助と妻おしの。浪人の身だが腕は立つ服部は、殿様の師範代の身分を訳あって捨ててきた男。病気のおしののために用心棒の働き口を探していた。  そして三組目は、旅芸者のおきぬ、おせい姉妹。彼女たちの三味線には仕掛けがあった。糸がはずれて、人の首を絞められるようになっているのだ。宿場町を仕切っているのはヤクザの銀蔵一家と、金持ち商人・扇屋。銀蔵一家の賭場に入った市は、そこで知り合った遊び人、新吉と荒稼ぎをする。新吉は、市が助けたきっかけで、その家に厄介になっている野菜売りのおうめの甥だった。  その頃、浪人・服部は飲み屋「的屋」で飲んでいた。的屋の親父に金を要求しにきたヤクザに剣の腕を見せつけ、用心棒となる服部。同じ店で、服部と市は初めて出会う。「お前、ただのあんまじゃねぇだろ」「あんたも、血の匂いがするぜ」──とんでもなく腕が立つ二人は、その抜きん出た強さゆえに、やがて命をかけて対決せざるをえない宿命にあった。  ひょんなことからおきぬ・おせいの姉妹と知り合った市は、おせいが実は男だと見抜く。二人は親の仇を探すために、旅芸者に身をやつしているのだった。銀蔵一家の用心棒となった服部。銀蔵とつるんでいる扇屋を仇の一人と踏んで近づくおきぬとおせい。銀蔵一家が仕切る賭場で大立ち回りを演じた市──同じ日にこの町にやってきた、訳ありの三者の運命の糸はやがて絡み合う。銀蔵一家、そして服部との壮絶な戦いに挑む座頭市。問答無用の戦いが幕を開けようとしていた・・・!

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Professional Review of "Zatoichi ((DVD) (Standard Edition) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)"

March 19, 2005

This professional review refers to Zatoichi (Limited Version)(Japan Version)
I am not a critic. I am a reviewer

(It's a line I've nicked off an article Steven Grant (an American comic book writer) once wrote in one of his forums. It being applicable, I thought I'd use it for myself.)

So why the distinction and why now? Well, the thing with being a reviewer is that all I really do is fulfil a consumer role - I basically recommend whether something is worth seeing or not. I'm not really supposed to get down and really break down a movie and explain about all the really cool stuff I might just happen to pick up from a film. Besides, for fear of ruining a film for people, there's only so much you can talk about it. Which is a real shame because something like Zatoichi, while being quite a decent samurai flick in itself, has some pretty cool themes and homages that just raises it above being just another film romanticising the Samurai era of Japan.

At it's most basic, Zatoichi is a pretty, by the numbers, samurai and swords film with the usual one, incredibly skilled man, out to right wrongs and make the world a better place. The CGI blood and swords are an interesting idea but the technology doesn't seem developed enough for it not to be noticeable. Whether this is intentional or not (after recent homages like Kill Bill, it's hard to tell whether something is SUPPOSED to look fake or just inadvertantly like that) is something a critic (not me!) would discuss. There's that level of moral ambiguity and complexity about our heroes and villians that we have come to expect and the vicious and frenetic fights that we keep coming back for. Still, nothing we haven't really seen before.

What really made Zatoichi a film that raises it above its surface perceptions is just the entire rhythm of the film. It is, in fact, the central theme of the film and it's interesting to watch the characters develop and relate to it - until you come to an end that you can see in common with ideas that run through a number of Kurosawa's samurai films. Admittedly, at times, it is quite self indulgent but the overall film is such a complete experience, it's easy to accept Kitano's occasional excess.

Zatoichi is certainly a different interpretation of the Zatoichi mythology. More importantly it is a great film that stands on its own and another reason why it is worth hanging out for every film that Takeshi Kitano makes.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.5 out of 10 (21)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 9 out of 10 (35)

Peter Rootham-Smith
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November 16, 2008

Talent at work Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is a great movie. Sound plays a key part in the film, appropriately given the lead character. Rolling dice, workers in a field, the tap-dance finale - nicely done. Violent as one should be expecting, but there's depth here too.
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October 10, 2008

This customer review refers to Zatoichi (Regular Version) (Hong Kong Version)
One of those 'must watch' movies. Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This film easily hits that sweet spot of fun, watchability and quality.

I'm finding it hard to describe what it is I like so much about this movie as so much is worth talking about. Set in a feudal Japan with wandering Samurai but touched with just the right amount of weird. The 'fights' as they are take the form of a kind of quick sword draw that reminds me of gun fights in a Sergio Leone spaghetti western.

The only small criticism I have is that some of the characters aren't as fleshed out as I would have liked, especially the brother and sister. This is a very small issue and in no way affects how enjoyable a watch this film is.
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Phoenix Lin
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April 5, 2007

Modernization of a classic Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I really didn't know what to expect but I knew of the old Zatoichi series & thought I'd check this out. Glad I did. It is a recent installment with up to date special effects with some quirky Japanese humor scattered throughout the movie if you disregard the dance routine at the end. The pseudo comic relief is unexpected & there are some interesting characters in this story that keeps the audiences' attention. Definately worth a look-see if you're wanting up-date your samurai collection.
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cuddley bear
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March 21, 2007

This customer review refers to Zatoichi (Hong Kong Version)
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long but not boring Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
Another of the famous Japanese blind swordsman tale. Undoubtedly lots of baddies killed. The Americans could learn how to save all their bullets, bullets that only make massive destructions. As always Samarai films are not only just about fighting and splashing blood, there are usually a few twists behind a good story.
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October 16, 2005

Unexpected but brilliant Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I was unsure about purchasing this movie but now that i have i'm glad i did, as with all 'Beat' Takeshi films there's always unexpected content and style but i never thought i would see comedy too (which is brilliant), the story is quite complex in that there are sub-plots for many of the characters but i found that it made it even more interesting, as far as the swordsmanship goes, i thought the action sequences were very good, Takeshi makes a great Zatoichi, and he also received the silver lion prize for best director. The effects are obviously CGI but still very well done, so if you are looking for a good samurai movie i think you would be suprised by 'Zatoichi'!!
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