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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Zatoichi Sekisho-Yaburi" )


directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda
Japan 1964


By the time 1964's Adventures of Zatoichi hits theater, the series is in full swing. Katsu Shintaro is at home in the lead role, playing Ichi the blind masseur/master swordsman, Ichi-mania is sweeping Japan, and the series becomes a certified blockbuster (this, the ninth installment of the series, was the fourth Zatoichi film made that year). Life is good for Daiei pictures and everyone involved.

By this point, the series had developed an almost comforting sort of familiarity—Zatoichi wanders into a new town, finds corruption (usually in the form of local yakuza or politicians), and winds up embroiled despite his desire to generally steer clear of trouble. All of this leads to an inevitable showdown wherein the masseur will draw his lethal cane sword and kill hordes of evildoers—all before moving on to his next adventure. Occasionally, he finds a woman—although he's destined to never find lasting romantic involvement.

These concessions to familiarity are part of what makes Adventures of Zatoichi so interesting. For while all the standard narrative tropes are present and accounted for in this outing (lots of bad guys led by an evil intendant, a pretty young woman who needs Ichi's help, and lots of swordplay), this also marks something of a new direction for the series.
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Excerpt from Mike Bracken's review on located HERE


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Theatrical Release: December 30, 1964

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DVD Review: Home Vision Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Donald Brown for the Review!

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Runtime 1:25:45

2.30:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.22 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
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Home Vision Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.30:1

Edition Details:
• Three theatrical trailers

DVD Release Date: Aug. 24, 2004

Chapters 19


Comments There are only a few instances of dust or print damage, and while the color is slightly faded, the film looks fine overall. Film grain looks natural, sharpness and accutance are good. Compression is excellent, with no apparent artifacting.

The audio track is clear, subtitles are optional and legible.

The overall presentation is comparable with that of the other discs in the series, and there's no reason a Zatoichi fan should be disappointed.

 - Donald Brown


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