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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Un"beat"able.
The story revolves around numerous characters as their stories overlap and intertwine with one another. The main character, played brilliantly by Kitano is a blind masseur who wanders from town to town. Of course there is more to him than that as the opening sequence reveals as we see that this character that resembles a blind beggar, is in fact a master swordsman...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice film, shame about the CGI.
"Beat" Takeshi, is best known for his violent, and sometimes darkly comic gangster films. So Zatoichi may seem a surprising choice for him. Here the "Beat" plays a blind masseur who just happens to be nothing short of an artist with a samurai sword.
What sets this film apart from other Takeshi films (apart from the fact that it is a period piece) is his approach to...
Published on 3 Sept. 2004 by Mr. B. J. Roberts


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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars, 9 April 2015
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Great Movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Product, 25 Feb. 2009
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Mr. A. L. Baptiste (London, England) - See all my reviews
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The Item Is Great, Case & disc. I've Enjoy japanese samurai films,as long as the sword fighting action is sufficent and it's more then enough. Thanks again.

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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice film, shame about the CGI., 3 Sept. 2004
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"Beat" Takeshi, is best known for his violent, and sometimes darkly comic gangster films. So Zatoichi may seem a surprising choice for him. Here the "Beat" plays a blind masseur who just happens to be nothing short of an artist with a samurai sword.
What sets this film apart from other Takeshi films (apart from the fact that it is a period piece) is his approach to the project. There are none of his famous long, lingering shots, here opting for much more camera setups and cuts than in his previous films and utilising dolly shots, crane shots and even some CGI. Which is where the film loses points. I'm not a big fan of CGI and I can see no need for such extravagences in a film such as this, especially when the effects are less than convincing.
But Takeshi gives another good performance, the action scenes are very well staged and utterly convincing (except for the dodgy CGI) and the film still wins me over. Watch out for a great nod to Kurosawa as Takeshi dispatches several samurai under a rain drenched blue sky. Not one of Takeshi's best but a welcome addition to his collection. It did win the Venice film festival as well as dozens of others across the world so he must be doing something right.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Saw film in cinema., 22 May 2004
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Should really be 4.5 stars but hey, what can ya do!
The problems with the film is the fact that the title is a little misleading - it focuses alot on supporting chars instead of the infamous Zatoichi, an in-depth background knowledge of the legendary swordsman would be a great asset to understand many of the nuances, and thirdly they decided to computer generate the blood and the sword edge as it cleaves through people which just seems to lower the entire standard of the film a notch.
But these a mere niggles. This movie is life-defining, ground-breaking in its agglomeration of Akira Kurosawa's Japan and to top it all off, really funny in all the right moments. Buy Buy Buy. Kitano has created a modern masterpiece. 5 stars if they had used Kill Bill-style blood fountains instead of computer generated ones.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime - buy it now., 17 Jan. 2005
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I saw this at the cinema in 2004 and it shot straight into my top ten films of all time. Buying it on DVD confirmed this. Some of the slapstick huour was hilarious, and the sword fighting was unlike any other martial arts movie. The only thing I don't like is the unnecessary tap dance scene at the end - Press stop when it gets to this point, it adds nothing to the film (the second dance bit, mind, don't miss the last bit of the plot).
Other thant that, the film is pure entertainment, just like Takeshi says.
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6 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film, 25 Jan. 2005
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This is a brilliant film with a good plot,story line and good acting. I really liked the sword fight scenes. Highly recommended.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Samurai Film...., 11 Jun. 2004
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Mr H Lowe (wigan, lancs United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This is an excellent story well written, loads of action in a single sentence to sum the film up as a whole...
"Kill Bill on speed"...
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0 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Zatoichi, 4 Jun. 2012
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This film is just a propaganda film about lady boys, has no respect for samurai honor and codes and its as shallow as the director must be. A disgrace. It glamourises child prostitution and at the end the characters just laugh at the kid.
Just because the director likes and gets turn on by violence and kids, it does not mean he is able to make a samurai film. He did not understand anything about being a samurai and most importantly living a life spiritually and holistically as a true samurai. I throw the film dvd to the rubbish where it belongs.
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1 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It nearly sent me to sleep!, 7 Jan. 2010
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K. Grunwald - See all my reviews
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Don't know what planet the other reviewers are on but it sure is not the same as mine!
This is slow to the point of boredom. It doesn't quite lose your attention...but almost.
If you like a fast action martial arts movie beautifuly shot and having high production values then steer clear of this movie!
If you like the "Old China/Japan" type of movie where all the characters (bar the hero) are all simpletons that shuffle around being simple...then you will love this!
As it happens there is a village idiot in this..he is a fat guy that runs round and round and round an Old China/Japan type wooden hut and screams all the time. That is all he does! He does this (we are told) because he likes to pretend that he is a warrior. (Yawn!)
Our blind hero, of course, is able to kill lots of bandits and evil warriors by using...errr..i suppose it must be his well developed sense of smell since there are moments in the movie when,clearly, his sense of hearing fails him utterly!
All in all this is a dull story poorly produced.
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