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Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 5 - On the Road
Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman Vol 5 - On the Road
Actors: Shintar˘ Katsu, Shiho Fujimura, Ryuzo Shimada, Reiko Fujiwara, Matasaburo Niwa
Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
UR     2002     1hr 25min

Zatoichi is on the run from two deadly gangs in the 5th installment of the blind swordsman series. Studio: Image Entertainment Release Date: 10/22/2002 Run time: 87 minutes


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Actors: Shintar˘ Katsu, Shiho Fujimura, Ryuzo Shimada, Reiko Fujiwara, Matasaburo Niwa
Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda
Creators: Shozo Honda, Ikuro Kubokawa, Kan Shimosawa, Minoru Inuzuka
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/22/2002
Original Release Date: 06/27/1968
Theatrical Release Date: 06/27/1968
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 25min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Excellent Movie!
techboy2005 | Boston MA | 06/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was a little hesitant about buying this dvd. I have watched samurai movies in the past but found them too slap stick, boring or dramatic with the only good parts being the fight scenes. But never the less once I popped in the dvd and watched the first 10 minutes, I was hooked. The story lines are basically the same but make no mistake these are good quality movies. The directors do a great job in balancing the right amount of humor, fight scenes and acting dialogues so the movies are never boring and they are quite funny. Shintaro Katsu is a "natural" in these films and I would highly recommend any other Zatochi films with him in it."
Zatoichi at his finest! | Baltimore, Maryland US | 12/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Let me say this, I saw my first Zatoichi movie back when I was 14 and since then I was absolutely hooked. The move was beautifully done and I can not stress enough what an awesome character Shintaro Katsu can play. I have all of his VHS tapes and I am slowing starting to build my DVD collection. I have DVD's from overseas subtitled and let me tell you.
It invokes a feeling that no one anywhere, time, or place can in this day and age. The movies are genre films (Feeling invoking). DO you remember the first time you saw seven, primal fear, titanic - (kind of cheesy now) but at the time the movies gave you a feeling right. Well all of his movies are like that. This one here is 1 of my top 10's! 5 out of 5. He has over 30 movies made and also 100's of TV episodes. Trust me on this. Its great. Once you get hooked you'll love it as much as me. BUT BEWARE YOU HAVE TO ENJOY FILM> If those action packed rockem sockem's are your only cup of tea then not for you."
Zatoichi tries hard . . .
M. Hardyman | Olympic Peninsula, WA | 08/16/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"What do you expect from a blind swordsman? The plot is a bit confusing, the girl pretty, Zatoichi clever, the swords sharp - what more do you want?"
Ernest Jagger | Culver City, California | 09/05/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

""You switched the dice, I can tell by the sound," says Ichi to the gambler opposite him: and with a quick flash from his cane-sword, the 5th entry to the Zatoichi series opens up. They just keep on getting better. While being led to Doyoma, as an invited guest, Ichi and his escort are ambushed by a group on 'goons' hired to kill him. This motley group of killers have been hired by yakuza thug Jingoro [Ryuzo Shimada]. Jingoro works for the Boss, Tobei [Sonosuke Sawamura]. And once again Ichi finds himself fighting the "bad-guys."

Zatoichi encounters a dying man on the road, who asks Ichi to save his daughter and take her to Edo. The daughter, Mitsu [Shiho Fujimura] is from a very wealthy family and is wanted by yakuza thugs who hope to ransom her. Moreover, a corrupt yakuza lord states that Ichi has been paid to fight for him, and this brings a price on Ichi's head [what else is new?] Therefore, Ichi now has many yakuza thugs after him. And still, he must get Mitsu to Edo. Mitsu goes through all sorts of trauma amongst the various factions out to claim her for the money--and it is up to Zatoichi to see that she arrives in Edo in one piece.

Can Ichi save the girl? Will she ever arrive at Edo? This 5th entry of the Zatoichi entry makes for a delightful watch. The cinematography is outstanding, the characters Ichi faces are as devious as ever, and Zatoichi continues his remarkable display of swordsmanship in this very entertaining episode of "ZATOICHI: ON THE ROAD." Highly recommended, this is a very good episode of the Zatoichi series."