The Tale of Zatoichi
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This Japanese adventure is the first in what would become a long series of films chronicling the many adventures of Zatoichi, the blind gambler and former samurai, who travels the islands of Japan to play dice games, give massages, and right any wrongs he runs across. In this outing, he finds himself trying to stop a terrible gang war in the Shimosa prefecture. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Zatoichi is good but not nearly great with some very effective performances."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Though The Tale of Zatoichi features a few exciting action sequences, this is more of a moody character study than an outright karate flick."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"Watching this film, I saw elements of some of my favorite filmmakers who followed in its footsteps."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"serves as a good introduction to the character, establishing his major traits and offering a worthwhile narrative"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Falls somewhere between the stoic ultra-badness of Lone Wolf and Cub's Ogami Itto, and the sarcastic but good-hearted Yojimbo ... Samurai fans may rejoice"
‑ Brian Mckay,
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