Tokuzo Tanaka

Zatoichi’s Vengeance

Zatoichi’s Vengeance

Zatoichi encounters a dying man, who asks the itinerant masseur to deliver a bag of money to his young son; he agrees to fulfill the request, finding the boy in a village terrorized by criminals. This is the first entry to scrutinize the swordsman’s methods, as a blind monk confronts Zatoichi about his violent approach to problem solving and Zatoichi finds the child turning to the same bloodstained path.

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Collector's Set

Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman

Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman

Blu-Ray Box Set

9 Discs


Zatoichi’s Vengeance
Shintaro Katsu
Shigeru Amachi
Jun Hamamura
Blind priest
Gen Kimura
Koichi Mizuhara
Mayumi Ogawa
Kei Sato
Boss Gonzo
Tokuzo Tanaka
Produced by
Ikuo Kubodera
Original story by
Kan Shimozawa
Hajime Takaiwa
Kazuo Miyagawa
Edited by
Kanji Suganuma
Original music
Akira Ifukube
Art direction
Yoshinobu Nishioka

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On the Road with Zatoichi
On the Road with Zatoichi

He massages, he gambles, and he’s great with a blade. Who is this blind swordsman, anyway?

By Geoffrey O'Brien