A threat is uttered, a blade is drawn, a flash of cold steel and then...
A dozen attackers now lie silent, dispatched by the lightening sword of one blind man: Zatoichi.
A humble masseur and gambler, Zatoichi wanders the countryside of early Japan, going from town to town playing his trade and rolling the dice. With kind heart and lethal sword skill, he is protector of the innocent and the ruin of wicked men.
A pop culture icon since his screen debut in 1962, Zatoichi (played by samurai film legend Shintaro Katsu) was a matinee favorite throughout the 1960s. After a dozen years and 25 films, the blind swordsman transitioned to the small screen in 1974. 100 episodes of the popular series aired through the end of the decade, as the television program, Zatoichi Monogatari or The Tale of Zatoichi. Media Blasters is proud to present Season One of this renowned series for the first time on DVD.
1: A Challenge of Chance
2: The Flower That Bloomed With the Lullaby
3: A Memorial Day and The Bell of Life
4: The Kannon Statue That Was Tied
5: The Heartless Man, Touched By Compassion
- Starring: Toyoko Takechi, Hitoshi Takagi, Yukiyo Toake, Shingo Yamashiro, Shintaro Katsu
- Format: Color, Dolby, DVD, NTSC
- Language: Japanese
- Subtitles: English
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of Discs: 2
- Rating: Not Rated
- Label: Tokyo Shock
- Release Date: 11/29/2005
- Run Time: 250 minutes
- Catalogue #: 0542