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posted by Vibrissae (17 comments total)
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) is the story of a blind Japanese masseur; drifter (he also sometimes thinks of himself as a gangster, in a self-effacing way); uncanny gambler; and, master swordsman. The series is some 25 films long (not including the TV series), not including the 2003 American release with Takeshi Kitano playing the lead role, instead of Shintaro Katsu.
Zatoichi walks the dual paths of tragedy and the scales of justice; he is not without self-pity for his fate, but he always seems to overcome that with effort, determination, and a rigid adherence to moral character. The Zatoichi films always seem to come out in a way that one would expect, but along the way there are multiple scenarios, surprises, and epic battles between pure good and evil. They are very compelling. Currently, all episodes are available on youtube.
There are some duplicates here (MeFi's previous post lists 5 films); this post lists the first 12 films, and 9 installments of the TV series. [IMPORTANT:
Only the very first link to each movie is listed; from there, the next link is usually found immediately on the upper right, near the top of the suggested movie list, on the youtube interface) - it's easy to figure out] I have just finished watching the first eight films, and they're great!
The first two Zatoichi films are in black and white; the rest are in color. Shintaro Katsu is outstanding as Zatoichi; he brings a lot of nuance to the character, who appears to take on more complexity as the films progress. The beautiful Japanese actresses that play the various roles in the series are also superb actresses in their own right. Remember, each link is for part 1 of that particular film, the remaining parts of each film is present in following links, on the right side of the youtube page.
. They follow pretty much in order. Have fun!
Zatoichi - 01 - The Tale of Zatoichi (part 1)
Zatoichi - 02 - The Tale of Zatoichi Continues (part 1)
Zatoichi - 03 - New Tale of Zatoichi (part 1)
Zatoichi - 04 - Zatoichi The Fugitive (part 1)
Zatoichi - 05 - On The Road (part 1)
Zatoichi - 06 - Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (part1)
Zatoichi - 07 - Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (part 1)
Zatoichi - 08 - Fight Zatoichi Fight (part 1)
Zatoichi - 09 - Adventures of Zatoichi (part 1)
Zatoichi - 10 - Zatoichi's Revenge (part 1)
Zatoichi and the Doomed Man - 11 - (part 1)
Zatoichi and The Chess Expert - 12 - (part 1)
Zatoichi TV Series - S01E01 - A Challenge of Chance (part 1)
Zatoichi TV Series - S01E02 - The Flower That Bloomed with the Lullaby (part 1)
Zatoichi TV Series - S01E03 - A Memorial Day and The Bell of Life (part 1)
Zatoichi TV Series - S01E04 - The Kannon Statue That Was Tied (part 1)
Zatoichi TV Series - S01E05 - The Heartless Man Touched By Compassion (part 1)
Zatoichi TV Series - S01E06 - Pouring Rain (part 1)
Zatoichi TV Series - S01E07 - A Bird Lands On Ichi (part 1)
Zatoichi TV Series - S01E08 - An Unforgettable Flower (part 1)
Zatoichi TV Series - S01E09 - The Two Zatoichis (part 1)