Zatoichi (2003)

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

  • Genre: Adventure, Drama, Action
  • Release Date: 2003-09-06
  • User Rating: 7.3/10 from 423 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 51min
  • Language: 日本語
  • Production Company: Office Kitano
  • Production Country: Japan
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Zatoichi is a 19th century blind nomad who makes his living as a gambler and masseur. However, behind this humble facade, he is a master swordsman gifted with a lightning-fast draw and breathtaking precision. While wandering, Zatoichi discovers a remote mountain village at the mercy of Ginzo, a ruthless gang-leader. Ginzo disposes of anyone who gets in his way, especially after hiring the mighty samurai ronin, Hattori, as a bodyguard. After a raucous night of gambling in town, Zatoichi encounters a pair of geishas--as dangerous as they are beautiful--who've come to avenge their parents' murder. As the paths of these and other colorful characters intertwine, Ginzo's henchmen are soon after Zatoichi. With his legendary cane sword at his side, the stage is set for a riveting showdown.

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  • Takeshi Kitano

    as Zatoichi
  • Tadanobu Asano

    as Hattori, le garde du corps
  • Michiyo Ookusu

    as Tante O-Ume
  • Gadarukanaru Taka

    as Shinkichi
  • Daigorō Tachibana

    as Geisha O-Sei
  • Yûko Daike

    as Geisha O-Kinu
  • Yui Natsukawa

    as Hattoris Frau
  • Ittoku Kishibe

    as Ginzo
  • Saburo Ishikura

    as Ogi
  • Akira Emoto

    as Kneipenbesitzer
Writing Takeshi Kitano Screenplay
Directing Takeshi Kitano Director
Editing Takeshi Kitano Editor
Writing Kan Shimosawa Novel
Production Tsunehisa Saitô Producer
Sound Keiichi Suzuki Original Music Composer
Camera Katsumi Yanagijima Director of Photography
Editing Yoshinori Ota Editor
Production Takefumi Yoshikawa Casting
Art Norihiro Isoda Production Design
Production Takio Yoshida Producer
Costume & Make-Up Yohji Yamamoto Costume Design
Production Masayuki Mori Producer