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Zatoichi, Episode 4: The Fugitive
Zatoichi Episode 4 The Fugitive
Actors: Shintar˘ Katsu, Miwa Takada, Masayo Banri, Junichiro Narita, Katsuhiko Kobayashi
Director: Tokuz˘ Tanaka
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
UR     2002     1hr 26min

Zatoichi meets a superior swordsman in episode four. Arriving in the village of Shimonita, Ichi learns that a local gang has placed a bounty on his head. A powerful hired ronin attacks Ichi and nearly claims his life. H...  more »


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Actors: Shintar˘ Katsu, Miwa Takada, Masayo Banri, Junichiro Narita, Katsuhiko Kobayashi
Director: Tokuz˘ Tanaka
Creators: Chishi Makiura, Masaichi Nagata, Kan Shimosawa, Seiji Hoshikawa
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 - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/22/2002
Original Release Date: 01/01/1963
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1963
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 26min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Japanese, English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Excellent work of art.
John Helgoth | Chicago, IL USA | 02/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"can't be beat. buy it now. the swordplay is amazing and the story is even better. every single zatoichi is a great experience to be taken in. start your collection of this series today."
Zatoichi #4
John Helgoth | 11/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I really appreciate Home Vision Entertainments production of the Zatoichi movie series. Each release has been an excellent presentation of Zatoichi. As a Japenese Samurai Movie fan I think that this series of DVD's is the best. The character of Zatoichi is very compelling and each story helps you identify with this Blind Swordsman who always trying to do good for others. The examples of Japenese culture during this time period is very beautiful and detailed. Shintaro Katsu displays a wide range of emotions as Zatoichi and his display of swordmanship is excellent."
Ernest Jagger | Culver City, California | 09/05/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This 4th episode of Zatoichi begins with a more comical sendup than in previous episodes. The charactor traits Shintaro Katsu would eventually define as Zatoichi have now become more ingrained in the personality of Ichi, and the following episodes will only reinforce the humorous, beloved, cane-sword weilding, blind masseur and ethical man to the audience. This episode is enjoyable, as ALL of the Ichi episodes are. The film begins with a price on Ichi's head; and an inexperienced swordsman by the name of Kisuke, tries to claim this reward. He fails of course, and as he lays dying he informs Ichi that his mother Maki, is with the yakuza.

Therefore, Ichi embarks on a trip to see the mother, and inform her what has happened. However, she does not resent Ichi, as she understands that it was in self-defense. Also, reprising her role in this episode is Tane, the woman who loved Ichi [episodes #1 and #2]. Tane is now with a samurai. [I will not tell you about her character, as it will spoil the film for those who have not viewed it] There are many characters in this particular epsiode, with many subplots going in different directions. The cinematography is excellent as usual, and Zatoichi does flash his sword in a wild ending. An enjoyable watch. [Stars: 3.5]"