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Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman - 9 Blu-ray Deluxe SetThe colossally popular Zatoichi films make up the longest-running action series in Japanese history and created one of the screen’s great heroes: an itinerant blind masseur who also happens to be a lightning-fast swordsman. This beautiful 9 Disc Deluxe Set will delight fans and collectors of The Criterion Collection. Featuring...
- New digital restorations of the twenty-five Zatoichi films made between 1962 and 1973, collected in one package for the first time.
- The Blind Swordsman, a 1978 documentary about Zatoichi portrayer and filmmaker Shintaro Katsu, along with a new interview with its director, John Nathan.
- New interview with Asian-film critic Tony Rayns
- New English subtitle translations
- A book featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien; synopses of the films by critic, novelist, and musician Chris D.; “The Tale of Zatoichi,” the original short story by Kan Shimozawa; and twenty-five new illustrations inspired by the films, by twenty-five different artists
Deluxe PackagingDeluxe hardcover book and slipcase featuring artwork by acclaimed illustrator Ron Wimberly (Prince of Cats). Additionally, Criterion commissioned new work from twenty-five acclaimed illustrators to represent each of Zatoichi films, including Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assassin) and Paul Pope (The One Trick Rip Off).
A closer look at 4 influential films in the collection...Zatoichi 3: New Tale Of
The first colour film in the hit series, and an "origin story" entry for the iconic character of Zatoichi.
A closer look at 4 influential films in the collection...Zatoichi 8: Fight, Zatoichi, Fight
A LONE WOLF AND CUB-esque entry in the series (trivia: Zatoichi star Shintaro Katsu is the brother of LONE WOLF AND CUB star Tomisaburo Wakayama) showcasing Katsu's sharp comedic timing as he must care for a newborn baby while dealing death with his lightning-fast sword.
A closer look at 4 influential films in the collection...Zatoichi 13:
This entry highlights the pedigree the series gained along with its box office success, as it features luminous cinematography by famed Japanese cinematographer Kazuo Miyagawa (RASHOMON, YOJIMBO, UGETSU, SANSHO THE BAILIFF).
A closer look at 4 influential films in the collection...Zatoichi 20:
Two titans of Japanese cinema, Shintaro Katsu and Toshiro Mifune, face off in a twisted tale of greed and vengeance co-written and directed by underrated action auteur Kihachi Okamoto (THE SWORD OF DOOM, KILL!).