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The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (Zatoichi)

Rating:R (for strong stylized bloody violence)
Genre:Drama, Action/Adventure
Release Date:June 4, 2004
Running time:115 minutes
Cast:Tadanobu Asano, Michio Ogusu, Yui Natsukawa, Guadalcanal Taka, Yuko Daike
Director:Takeshi Kitano
Producer:Masayuki Mori, Tsunehisa Saitô
Writer:Takeshi Kitano
Distributor:Miramax Films

Description: Zatoichi is a 19th century blind nomad who makes his living as a gambler and masseur. However, behind this humble facade, he is a master swordsman gifted with a lightning-fast draw and breathtaking precision. While wandering, Zatoichi discovers a remote mountain village at the mercy of Ginzo, a ruthless gang-leader. Ginzo disposes of anyone who gets in his way, especially after hiring the mighty samurai ronin, Hattori, as a bodyguard. After a raucous night of gambling in town, Zatoichi encounters a pair of geishas--as dangerous as they are beautiful--who've come to avenge their parents' murder. As the paths of these and other colorful characters intertwine, Ginzo's henchmen are soon after Zatoichi. With his legendary cane sword at his side, the stage is set for a riveting showdown.

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