Zatôichi 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, Zatôichi 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, Zatôichi encounters 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 Zatôichi. With his legendary cane sword at his side, the stage is set for a riveting showdown.

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  1. Takeshi Kitano

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Kan Shimosawa


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  1. Takeshi Kitano

    Takeshi Kitano


  2. Tadanobu Asano

    Tadanobu Asano

    Hattori, der Leibwächter

  3. MO

    Michiyo Ohkusu

    Tante O-Ume

  4. GT

    Gadarukanaru Taka


  5. DT

    Daigorō Tachibana

    Geisha O-Sei

  6. YD

    Yûko Daike

    Geisha O-Kinu

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Original Title 座頭市

Status Released

Original Language Japanese

Runtime 1h 51m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • January 16, 2004
    R, Theatrical



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