The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi Movie

Who's Involved:

Tadanobu Asano, Michiyo Ogusu, Ittoku Kishibe, Takeshi Kitano, Yûko Daike, Taka Gatarukanaru, Saburo Ishikura, Akira Emoto, Tsunehisa Saitô, Hideboh, Masayuki Mori, Yui Natsukawa

Release Date:

Friday, July 23, 2004

Rating: R

Runtime: 1 hr, 55 m

Plot: What's the story about?

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 encoutners 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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A look at the The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Takeshi Kitano last directed Beyond Outrage and Outrage. The film's writer Takeshi Kitano last wrote Beyond Outrage and Outrage.


Takeshi Kitano


Masayuki Mori
Tsunehisa Saitô


Miramax Films

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Filming Timeline

On or about December 31, 1969, the film was in Completed status.

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi Release Date: When was it released?

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi was released in 2004 on Friday, July 23, 2004 (). There were 4 other movies released on the same date, including Donnie Darko, Festival Express and The Bourne Supremacy.

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