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Zatoichi: The Television Series, Vol. 5
Zatoichi The Television Series Vol 5
Actor: Shintarô Katsu
Genres: Action & Adventure, Television, Anime & Manga
UR     2006     3hr 20min

The blind masseur Zatoichi (Shintaro Katsu) wanders through Japan looking to ply his trade. But wherever he goes, trouble follows and he must use his legendary, lightning sword skills to dispatch evildoers and defend justice.

     
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Actor: Shintarô Katsu
Genres: Action & Adventure, Television, Anime & Manga
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Television, Anime & Manga
Studio: Tokyo Shock
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/29/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/1974
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1974
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 3hr 20min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

ZATOICHI TV SERIES, VOL. 5: EPISODES 18-21
Ernest Jagger | Culver City, California | 09/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Zatoichi TV series continues where Volume 4 leaves off. As with the entire first year of the series' episodes, they are ALL in chronological order. These episodes are very good, with quite a lot of drama in the series too. Also, because of the age of these TV episodes, Media Blasters/Tokyo Shock does warn the viewers that there are some imperfections with the transfer. However, many of the episodes are very good in terms of quality. And besides, for those who like Zatoichi, you will find the imperfections not at all bothersome, and well worth having in order to complete your Ichi collection. Moreover, this Volume has some very good episodes. [Stars: 5] The episodes are as follows:

#18: "RUSH TRIP." This particular episode borrows some elements from the Zatoichi motion picture film series, but not too much: As you will notice at the beginning of this film. In this episode there is a boss who is slain by a former prison inmate. Why did he do it? What were his motives? He never knew the man! However, in his escape he encounters Zatoichi. Moreover, he is in a rush to get back to where he came from. Why? This particular episode has great cinematography and Ichi is his usual playful and humorous self. Plus, his sword skills have not dulled a bit [Pun intended]. There is a lot of back stabbing in this film, and I found this episode to be very, very good. And as usual, Ichi can see through the all deception, even though he is blind. The ending action with Ichi is good. [Stars: 5]

#19: "A RAINBOW OVER MY HOMELAND." This episode boasts some very beautiful scenery. And as with the previous episode, there is much deception and betrayal. In the beginning, Ichi is already flashing his sword, dispensing with a group of yakuza who think they can take him down. They just never learn. There are some light-hearted parts in this episode too! Ichi has just met a man who has left his village after 3 years. He is now returning home. It is here that he meets Ichi. There was a reason for his departure, and the film is about why he left. Moreover, there is quite a bit of swordplay by Ichi in this particular episode--and he is quick too! The stranger that Ichi meets realizes that it was a mistake to leave, and behind this are the usual cadre of corrupt yakuza bosses. Great swordplay by Ichi. [Stars: 4.5]

#20: "A FEMALE BOSS AND HER WOLVES." This episode is a very complex one, as far as the TV series is concerned. A female boss wants her clan dissolved, and for her clan members to voluntarily leave and make a new start. She has even sent her son away to become a metalworker in Edo. However, her son Kosuke has other plans. Moreover, to complicate matters, her sons best friend, Matsugaro, who has a sister Kosuke is in love with wants to take over the territory of the female boss. Plus, this character Matsugaro learned all he knows from this female boss. She is tired of the yakuza life, and wants what is best for the village: Hence her decision to disband her yakuza clan. Ichi has a back seat in this episode, but when something happens to the female boss, he swings into action. [Stars: 4.5]

#21: "THE LITTLE FLOWER BY THE LAKE." This is a very good drama and action episode. Plus, their are some splendid colors in this particular TV episode. The cinematography is great! In the beginning, Ichi saves two lovers who are about to commit suicide, telling them to live a better life. But there is more to the male than meets the eye. As Ichi leaves these two lovers, he enters a village where a woman has been waiting for her lover to return: He departed 3 years ago. Moreover, this woman, named Okiyu, has been eking out her life in a brothel, waiting for the day Sentaro will return. Yet, there is more to this man than meets the eye too. [No spoilers] There is something sinister about the men in this town, and the deception in this episode is loathsome. This is a great episode, and boasts great action, and comedy thrown together. Plus, there is a very strange ending. Once again, too, the scenery in this episode is just great. [Stars: 5+]"