The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi

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Released 2004

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Director:
Takeshi Kitano
Released:
2004
Rating:
R
Behind his humble facade, Zatoichi is a master swordsman, with a lightning-fast draw and strokes of precision. He's destined for a violent showdown with a sinister gang when he meets two beautiful geishas avenging their parents' murder.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Like many musicals, The Blind Swordsman works better in individual scenes than as a whole. Mr. Kitano is not the most disciplined storyteller, and the plot meanders along tangents ...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    Kitano uses exaggerated acting, choreo-graphed violence and, most radically, the rhythms of everyday life -- farmers pounding the earth, the syncopated plop of falling rain -- to t...

  • 80

    Variety David Rooney

    Over-plotted and at times incoherent but never dull, this is a stylishly designed, highly entertaining bloodbath full of offbeat comedy and inspired musical moments.

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Foreign Language, Crime