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The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi

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The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
115 minutes
Limited Release Date:
07/23/04
performer:
Tadanobu Asano, Takeshi Kitano, Yuuko Daike, Yui Natsukawa, Michiyo Ookusu
director:
Takeshi Kitano
distributor:
Miramax
author:
Takeshi Kitano
genre:
ActionAdventure

We gave it a B

Takeshi Kitano revives the hero of Japanese action cinema. Zatoichi is faster than Zorro, Achilles, or Freddy Krueger. When he draws his blade, the movie turns into slasher heaven, but as storytelling it’s awful.