Zatôichi (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi) Reviews

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December 20, 2017
This film is a shebang, a full-scale show, complete with everything you would happily pay to see: costumes, tattoos, scratchy folk music, gambling in saki dens. You will eat it up.
May 27, 2011
The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi begins life as a straight-up samurai movie, evolves into a slapstick comedy and ends as a rousing, tap-dancing musical.
December 28, 2010
This non-traditional samurai movie isn't for kids.
November 1, 2007
Zatoichi is a mix-and-match crowd-pleaser that shouldn't add up, but delightfully does.
April 1, 2006
Imposing, yet often intimate. Abrasive, but amusing. Arty, but eminently accessible. Bring on the sequel.
February 9, 2006
However improbably, Kitano pulls it off quite gloriously. Admittedly, this isn't one of his most idiosyncratic, innovative or, indeed, satisfying works, but it's without doubt fast, funny, fabulous to behold.
September 30, 2004
For those unfamiliar with such films, Zatoichi might be a little off-putting. But given a chance, the movie can be pretty entertaining.
August 27, 2004
This isn't arty violence, just violence, and pretty pedestrian for a samurai picture.
August 20, 2004
This is a wonderfully odd movie, proof that an artist can leave his personal stamp on any film, no matter the genre.
August 19, 2004
Beneath its layers of epic detail, this Zatichi is cinematic cotton candy.
August 19, 2004
A savvy blend of slapstick, sword fights and samurai honor.
August 13, 2004
An immensely entertaining and at times moving story.
August 13, 2004
Witty, gruesome, and artful fun.
August 13, 2004
The movie isn't so much a celebration of swordplay as a giddy knock-off of a million samurai movies.
August 12, 2004
A breathtakingly choreographed dance of revenge and justice.
August 6, 2004
Boy, is this baby a hoot.
August 6, 2004
While Kitano- the-performer fights with his seemingly endless array of enemies, Kitano the filmmaker makes sure that everything is beautiful, from the wonderful colors and passing tableaux to the intricate fighting choreography.
August 6, 2004
Aimed squarely at a samurai-literate audience, and its appeal beyond that is probably limited.
August 6, 2004
There aren't that many action films that end in musical numbers and this film makes you wonder why. Nutty stuff.
August 6, 2004
It's the kind of film I more and more find myself seeking out, a film that seems alive in the sense that it appears to have free will.
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