Owen Gleiberman
August 06, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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.

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