- Format: NTSC
- Language: French
- Studio: eOne Films
- Release Date: Dec 7 2004
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000646M0C
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,472 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Zatoichi, The Blind Swordsman (2-Disc) / Zatoichi, le Samurai (Bilingual) (Version française)
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Zatoichi is a blind wanderer who makes a living by gambling and giving massages. But behind his humble facade, Zatoichi is a master swordsman, gifted with lightning-fast draw and strokes of breathtaking precision. Zatoichi discovers a remote mountain town at the mercy of the Ginzo gang. The ruthless Ginzo dispose of anyone who gets in their way, quicker than ever since they recruited Hattori, the mighty samurai. In a gambling joint, Zatoichi meets up with a couple of geishas. As dangerous as they are beautiful, Okinu and her sister Osei have come to town to avenge their parents’ murder, with their only clue being the mysterious name Kuchinawa. Sinister henchmen are soon hunting down Zatoichi. With his legendary cane sword at his side, Zatoichi’s path is destined for many violent showdowns…
Un samouraï aveugle vient à la rescousse de villageois menacés par une tribu hostile.
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Un miracle c'est produit lors de la création de ce dvd. C'est rare de voir ça pour un film japonais ou pour n'importe quel film dans le fond, mais en plus de l'anglais et de l'espagnol il y a le choix entre la traduction française ET les sous-titres français!!!
PS Check out the extras when you watch the movie for the fascinating story of how the director came to make and star in the movie at the urging of a powerful and not altogether on the right side of the law female patron.
The plot was my second problem. Those who enjoy the original films or TV series know that one of the best things about them is how the plots are well crafted... this Zatoichi was not even close in this respect.
Third was the shoddy secondary character development. For instance we were introduced to the "bodyguard" and his ailing wife and we want to sympathize with them, but then the film went nowhere with their development to make us feel anything for them. The big internal conflict in the viewer when Zatoichi meets the bodyguard in combat should be: how will I feel if this guy, who is just trying to make money to heal his sick wife, is cut down? Going into this fight, the answer is... well, not much.
Also of note, I was under the impression this was set in the 16th century, but a revolver was pulled in one scene. A small thing but it bothered me.
One the whole very disappointing, as a film in general and especially when compared to the originals.
First, script was thin, and Computer Graphics made blood looked just unnatural. Sword figting scenes were very much well done, therefore they shouldn¡t put any extra CG blood.
In Original Zatoichi series played by Shintaro katsu, showed zatoichi¡s struggle in himself for killing people,especialy when he didnt want to,but had to. Also, Katsu went to the school where blind people studies,and he learned how blind poeple walk,move,etc. So his Zatoichi was more realistic in that way.Looked like Blind guy walking,talking,fighting etc.But,takeshi¡s zatoichi, just looked like someone try to act like Blind guy,also, didn¡t show Zatoichi¡s Emotion really,so zatoichi just looked like killer with cane sword.
Also, the ending. that Tap Dance scene was way too long. The guy in the front line in dancing scene is takeshi¡s tap Dance Teacher, so maybe he wanted to make it longer to show tap dancing, but it was just boring.
so, if you already seen original Zatoichi, do not expect same kind of quality.i¡d give only 2 stars for this movie as zatoichi.
But if you do not know orignal series ,then you might be able to enjoy this one more as entertainment movie.