Zatoichi The Fugitive (1963)

Zatoichi The Fugitive


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The legendary blind warrior discovers love and money have created divided alliances in this classic samurai film. After defeating a angry stranger he meets along the road, blind nomad Zatoichi (Shintaro Katsu) learns that a bounty is being offered for his head; despite the danger to himself, Zatoichi visits the mother of his victim and offers to help support her. As Zatoichi tries to find out why a price is being offered for his life, he discovers a community has been torn apart by violent … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
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On DVD: Oct 22, 2002
Criterion Collection


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Although there is a dearth of action in the first two acts, the final showdown is exciting stuff, and has some of the best sword choreography in the series to date.

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July 16, 2005

Audience Reviews for Zatoichi The Fugitive

The tale continues but the battles are far greater in this instalment. Zatoichi even tries his hand at Sumo wrestling which was quite good fun. For me though, the very last scene makes this film. As Zatoichi walks into the distance he tries to do so in a light-hearted and uplifting way even though inside his heart is broken, the smile to frown and fadeout is just as heartbreaking for the audience. My favourite so far!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


Zatoichi once again incurs the wrath of many after winning a sumo wrestling contest. After an assassin is killed by Zatoichi, he goes to the dead mans house to pay his respects to the mother. The mother is understanding and holds Zatoichi in high regard. Zatoichi the Fugitive begins to highlight Zatoichi's weaknesses. He's his usual happy-go-lucky self at the beginning, but when his old flame Tane is put in harms way, we see Zatoichi make his first true mistake of the series as emotion overcomes his commonsense. The final battle is bigger and better than anything so far, and Zatoichi's foe is a real threat to the seemingly invincible masseur. It's a darker film and one that has a lot of interesting characters on board to help drive the plot forward.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

although not as good as other zatoichi movies, this is a solid zatoichi tale. the story is a bit incoherent in the begining, but the story picks up well and the fight scene at the end is classic. zatoichi goes all cyrano debergerac on a group of samurai, and we see his first true moments of vulnerability. good flick.

danny d

Super Reviewer

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