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Release Date: September 06, 2003

Year    :   2003
Slogan    :   «His sword made him a hero... his courage made him a legend.»
Genres    :   Adventure, Drama, Action
Production Companies    :   Office Kitano, Saito Entertainment, Tokyo FM Broadcasting Company, Bandai Visual
Director    :   Takeshi Kitano
Producers    :   Tsunehisa Saitô, Takefumi Yoshikawa, Takio Yoshida, Masayuki Mori
Writers    :   Takeshi Kitano, Kan Shimosawa
RunTime    :   111 mins.
Budget    :   2500000

Zatoichi is a 19th century blind nomad who makes his living as a gambler and masseur. However, behind this humble facade, he is a master swordsman gifted with a lightning-fast draw and breathtaking precision. While wandering, Zatoichi discovers a remote mountain village at the mercy of Ginzo, a ruthless gang-leader. Ginzo disposes of anyone who gets in his way, especially after hiring the mighty samurai ronin, Hattori, as a bodyguard. After a raucous night of gambling in town, Zatoichi encounters a pair of geishas--as dangerous as they are beautiful--who've come to avenge their parents' murder. As the paths of these and other colorful characters intertwine, Ginzo's henchmen are soon after Zatoichi. With his legendary cane sword at his side, the stage is set for a riveting showdown.

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