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(aka 'Zatoichi tekka tabi" or "The Blind Swordsman's Cane Sword" or "Zatoichi 15" or "Zatoichi tekka tasi" or "Zatoichi's Cane Sword')

directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda
Japan 19

I LOVE Zatoichi films and this is one of my favorites (along with # 8). It has generous amounts of comedy, tightly choreographed action sequences and an explanation of the mystique of Zatoichi's sword. Great to see our hero defend himself with just a bamboo cane and in another scene against a knife attack with his pipe. A good portion of my enjoyment of these films is the wonderful widescreen ratio. I can't correctly state my appeal, but Zatoichi is one of the most enduring and "cool" characters in the history of cinema with this being, debatably, his best adventure. out of

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: January 3rd, 1967 - Japan

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Distribution Home Vision - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:32:39
Video 2.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.58 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


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

Release Information:
Production Company: Home Vision Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.33:1

Edition Details:

• Trailers for Zatoichi's Vengeance, Zatoichi and the Doomed Man and Zatoichi Challenged
• liner notes by Michael Jeck
• a reproduction of the theatrical poster

DVD Release Date: May 18th, 2004

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Chapters: 18


Great work by Home Vision - they maintain the ratio, keep the original audio, have removable non-intrusive white subtitles, even a poster included... my only complaint is the image does appear soft at times, but the colors are beautiful with accurate skin tones and solid contrast. I am totally indebted to Home Vision for bringing these out on DVD with such excellent quality. Bravo ! out of      .

Gary W. Tooze

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