The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2004) Takeshi Kitano revives the hero of Japanese action cinema. Zatoichi is faster than Zorro, Achilles, or Freddy Krueger. When he draws his blade, the movie… 2004-07-23 R PT115M Action/Adventure Tadanobu Asano Takeshi Kitano Yuuko Daike Yui Natsukawa Michiyo Ookusu Miramax
Movie Review

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2004)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: Jul 23, 2004; Rated: R; Length: 115 Minutes; Genre: Action/Adventure; With: Tadanobu Asano and Takeshi Kitano; Distributor: Miramax

Takeshi Kitano revives the hero of Japanese action cinema. Zatoichi is faster than Zorro, Achilles, or Freddy Krueger. When he draws his blade, the movie turns into slasher heaven, but as storytelling it's awful.

Originally posted Aug 06, 2004 Published in issue #777 Aug 06, 2004 Order article reprints