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Zatoichi
aka - Blind Swordsman, The
Japan 2004
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Running time 115 minutes
Rated MA

Reviewed by
Sharon Hurst
3.5 stars


This film is bristling with awards from Japan, Venice, Toronto, Catalonia and Marrakech. I am no big fan of Japanese samurai films, nor of Kitano, yet this one held me in mesmerising thrall, mostly because of its wonderful cinematography, superb music and its constantly shifting balance between humour, gentleness and ultra violence. SH

DVD Extras: Interviews with Katsumi Yanagishimi, Cinematographer: Norihiro Isodo, Production Designer; Kazuko Kurosaw, Costume Designer and Tatsumi Nikamoto, Master Swordsman.

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Available from: Buena Vista Home Entertainment

 

 

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