The Tale of Zatoichi
The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 18, 1962
DVD Release Date: May 14, 2002
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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Zatoichi is good but not nearly great with some very effective performances.

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Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

Though The Tale of Zatoichi features a few exciting action sequences, this is more of a moody character study than an outright karate flick.

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Watching this film, I saw elements of some of my favorite filmmakers who followed in its footsteps.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

serves as a good introduction to the character, establishing his major traits and offering a worthwhile narrative

Brian Mckay

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas criterion has made 6 zatoichi films available on hulu! sorry, people who don't live in u.s. :(
Chris Browning
While "The Tale of Zatoichi" went on to inspire and give life to a long series of films that sum up Zatoichi and his life and adventures, the film was… More
Luke Baldock
Quite simply put, this is a perfect movie. The Tale of Zatoichi is the first in a long line of films, detailing the adventures of a blind swordsman. The film… More
Anthony Valletta
Excellent start to the series.
danny d
this is a simple yet very engaging samurai classic. katsu plays this role well and the story was well told with a great climax ending. i cant wait to make my… More