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Posted by the editors on Saturday, 5 February 2011

Japanese theatrical release poster

Zatoichi , 2003, (DVD). Written, Directed and co-Edited by Takeshi Kitano, with Beat Takeshi (Kitano as actor), music by Keiichi SuzukiWinner of the Silver Lion for Best Director at the 60th Venice Film Festival, in 2003.  Though firmly in the Samurai film tradition, Zatoichi is an anomaly.  Kitano plays the part of the eponymous  anti-hero Zatoichi, the blind samurai who takes revenge on the evil gang terrorizing a small Japanese village, his still, understated acting, disguising controlled violence with stereotypical Clint Eastwood-like demeanor.  Zatoichi, the film, refuses to be categorized:  There is the extreme violence we’ve come to expect from Kitano (Battle Royale [2000], directed by Kinji Fukasaku and starring Kitano, Violent Cop [1989] directed by and starring Kitano, Boiling Point [1990] directed by, and starring Kitano, and others) but juxtaposed is slap-stick humour, mock-Shakesperian staginess, poetic interludes and spontaneous song and dance sequences (think Singing in the Rain meets Riverdance).  The film lacks the photographic beauty of Kitano’s previous films, but where the eyes are denied, the ears profit, as the sound and diegetic score are fabulous, tribal, inspired; the power of sound in a film about a blind samurai. (jlg)

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Editors’ note: This DVD has both ‘Zatoichi, the Blind Swordsman’ and the excellent film ‘Sonatine’ by and with Takeshi Kitano.

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4 Responses to “Zatoichi”

  1. […] Zatoichi […]

  2. […] posts on excellent films by, and with, Takeshi Kitano: Fireworks, Boiling Point, Sonatine and Zatoichi; see out posts on films directed by Kinji Fukasaku, an important influence on Kitano, : Street […]

  3. […] films by and/or with Takeshi Kitano:  Sonatine, Fireworks (Hana-Bi), Boiling Point (Jugatsu), Zatoichi, and Battle […]

  4. […] Violent Cop, the excellent Fireworks (Hana-Bi), Boiling Point (Jugatsu), the superb Sonatine, Zatoichi and Battle […]

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