Blind Swordsmen makes a bad Samurai…right?! Movies to watch during winter break part II
Zatoichi is a drifter who wanders into a corrupt village run by war lords… sounds like a formula for disaster unless Zatoichi just happened to be a bad ass Samurai. Ohhhh… he is a bad ass Samurai. Sweet! But too bad he’s blind… wait… what?! He’s still bad ass even though he’s blind?! That would be cool if he had a good heart and used his skill for good instead of evil… oh… he does?! Well it would be really really cool if he didn’t have a thing against killing his opponents like Kenshin… wait… what?! He kills without remorse or hesitation?! Awesomeness…
That is the pitch that was given when they sold this movie. I’m not going to give away too much but this is a great Samurai movie with a decent story (8.5/10). It came out in 2004 and was written and directed by Takeshi Kitano, who also stars as Zatoichi. It’s well worth a download and watch at the very least and I think worth a purchase if it ever came out on blu ray. If you want a Naruto connection it has a very Haku type character which plays a bad ass but disturbing role. Unfortunately it is only available on DVD in the states right now… It was released on Dec 18 2008 on Blu-ray but quickly sold out. It’s very hard to find one. Check out the trailer below…
Click HERE for the torrent and HERE for the DVD at Amazon and HEREis where the Blu-ray used to be. Amazon doesn’t show that they carry it anymore and I’ve only found UK sellers that have it in stock which is a different region code from the US. I have a PS3 which is region free for games but have no clue about movies. Personally I’d wait for the Blu-ray… but I’m a movie snob.
P.S. I can’t take credit for the caption under the picture which is usually my retarded humor but I was quoting an episode of Val Verde from youtube ^_^