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(aka 'Zat˘ichi to Y˘jinb˘' or 'Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo')

directed by Kihachi Okamoto
Japan 1970


Shintaro Katsu is the one and only Zatoichi! A warm-hearted, blind masseur, occasional gangster and defender of justice. He is possessed of superlative swordsman skill and is capable of slaughtering 20 men in one lop-sided attack. His trouble is fleeing from his tortured and violent past... as well as he prodigious and well deserved reputation as a samurai. Toshiro Mifune recreates Yojimbo, the mercenary bodyguard also holder of legendary samurai-sword yielding skills. With a desire to rest, Zatoichi returns to his once peaceful village which is now overrun by gangsters who have hired Yojimbo to protect them with a stolen cache of hidden gold. To cleanse the small town and bring peace to the village, Zatoichi formulates his own plan, in which he temporarily teams up with Yojimbo... but will they ever do battle against each other? Typical Zatoichi ending with a small moral message and our hero wandering off into the sunset yet again. A drifter ready for another small town and villains to outwit or slaughter.

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DVD Review: AnimEigo - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution AnimEigo  Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:55:32
Video 2.32:1.00 Letterboxed WideScreen / anamorphic
Average Bitrate:8.43 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Audio Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: AnimEigo
Theatrical Release Date: January 15th, 1970

Aspect Ratio:
Original, Widescreen - 2.32:1

Edition Details:
• Original 'Lone Wolf and Cub' Trailer
• Biographies and filmographies

• Choice of "Full subtitles" or "Limited Subtitles"

DVD Release Date: May 6th, 2003
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Chapters 18

Full Cast and Crew for
Zat˘ichi to Y˘jinb˘ (1970)

Directed by
Kihachi Okamoto

Writing credits (in alphabetical order)
Kihachi Okamoto
Kan Shimozawa story
Tetsuro Yoshida

Cast (in credits order)
Shintar˘ Katsu .... Zatoichi
Toshir˘ Mifune .... Yojimbo
Shin Kishida .... Kuzuryu
Kanjuro Arashi .... Hyoroku
Osamu Takizawa (I) .... Yasuke Eboshiya
Ayako Wakao .... Umeno
Masakane Yonekura .... Masagoro

This is  a really good disc. Great care taken in the transfer to DVD with true colors and relatively sharp picture quality. Contrast is also very good. I really like the feature of the subtitles to have them "explaining" some of the cultural words on the top of the frame in white, and this is a choice. They have even gone to the trouble of color coding the subtitles to help determine who is speaking as so much seems to be going on at the same time in certain spots of the film. the sound is clean if unremarkable. The Extras are kind of bare, but a nice slip of paper is included in the disc case with info on Zatoichi and the care that was gone to bringing this to DVD, as well as a memorial notice for Shintar˘ Katsu who passed away in 97' Great stuff Animeigo !     out of             

Gary W. Tooze

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