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Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 6 - Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold
Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman Vol 6 - Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold
Actors: Shintarô Katsu, Shogo Shimada, Mikiko Tsubouchi, Machiko Hasegawa, Tomisaburo Wakayama
Director: Kazuo Ikehiro
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
UR     2003     1hr 23min

Accused of stealing, Zatoichi is pursued by friend and foe alike. In this installment of The Blind Swordsman series, Ichi must prove his innocence, expose the real culprits, retrieve the — gold and reconcile his accusers? a...  more »


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Actors: Shintarô Katsu, Shogo Shimada, Mikiko Tsubouchi, Machiko Hasegawa, Tomisaburo Wakayama
Director: Kazuo Ikehiro
Creators: Kazuo Miyagawa, Hiroshi Ozawa, Akikazu Ota, Kan Shimosawa, Shozaburo Asai
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,Anamorphic - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/29/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/1964
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1964
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 23min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
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

One of the best of the series
inframan | the lower depths | 01/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Actually I think this is far better than the previous Zatoichi outings. Visually it's a stunning film that ranks among the great action films of all time but could be hung as stills in any art museum. Hokusai & Hiroshige influences abound.

Yet best of all is the unforgettable character Zatoichi himself. Shintaro Katsu created an everyman/superhero who had no equal, at least in western culture. A squat, homely, bandy-legged self-deprecating blind man full of humor & humility & an abundance of spirituality. And could he make that sword dance.

These movies have no equal. Each one is as perfectly made as any movie can be. I used to go see them when they first appeared in the theaters of San Francisco & Los Angeles Japanese neighborhoods. I still love them every bit as much now."
Can't miss with a hard drinking highly skilled swordsman
ronald p mccraw ll | 03/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As always, this movie gives you all you want in the zatoichi vein, the emmotional women, the amazing swordsmanship, and the numerous opportunities for Zatoichi to display the character that lasted him thru so many movies. Mixed up in the search for a lost chest of gold, thieves, and crooked goverment officials, Zatoichi saves the day in his unsual manner. Not quite as good as the first ones but still worth the price"
I finally decided get into the zatoichi series
morgoth | omaha, NE | 07/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I actually decided to watch lone wolf and cub first but am going to have to sneak a few more of these in.

I guess I thought it was Chang Cheh who introduced us to these types of movies but I can see now that some of my favorite movies ever like one armed swordsman are just good ripoffs of Zatoichi. This guy is wher it started. Well, the wong fei-hong movies come first in terms of martial arts, but Zatoichi has to be the first person on screen you could really look up to because of the heroic deeds that he does. Not just doing the good deeds, but the way he slices through everybody is beautiful. Being a kung fu fan I need a good final fight but wasn't really expecting one with how old this is but was pleasently surprised.

I can't believe I thought it was the chinese that started all this, but I was way wrong. When Shintarô Katsu hit the screen, he may not have been the first but was far and away the best for it's time. THE JAPANESE EVEN SEEM TO HAVE INVENTED TEH OPENING STAGED FIGHTING SEQUENCES!!!

The movie is anamorphically widescreened and when they say the picture is remastered Home Vision Entertainment is not lying one bit.

So I have to say that my first Zatoichi experience was breathtaking, funny, touching, and very exciting."
Ernest Jagger | Culver City, California | 09/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This 6th entry of Zatoichi finds the anti-hero Ichi paying his repects at the grave of a samurai he killed by mistake three years prior. It was self-defense, nonetheless, he feels remorse. A young girl hiding behind the trees overhears this self-confession: She was the samurai's sister. Jump ahead in the film, and we come to the villagers who have saved up 1000 Ryo in tax money. After 3 years of bad harvest they have finally been able to scrape enough together to satisfy the intendant. Or have they?

Enter a sadistic bullwhip weilding Ronin named Jushiro [Tomisaburo Wakayama] the main antagonist in the film. (The real life brother of Shintaro Katsu--who also appeared in Zatoichi episode #2.) And he's pretty darn sadistic as Jushiro; and with a pretty unhealthy hatred of Zatoichi. However, he sure plays the sadistic role to the hilt. He does not care about the 1000 ryo, even when offered to him. He wants Zatoichi. Jushiro's hatred for Ichi is because he looks down on him as a low-life masquerading as a swordsman. How many other arrogant villians have we seen like this already? Ah, when will they ever learn?

Ichi is blamed for taking the missing 1000 ryo's, and he resolves to clear his name. The intendant, with the help of Jushiro are already at work however scheming to take the money, tax the people again, and do away with Zatoichi. This always sounds easy over those drinks of saki. But Ichi has a surprise for them. There is a really funny part in the film, where Zatoichi and Jushiro wager on a bet. [I'll let you watch that--it's hilarious, even by Ichi standards] I'll write no more, watch the film, you will enjoy it. The music is good, the cinematography is great, the plot is excellent and the acting is terrific. Highly recommend."