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New Tale of Zatoichi

Zatoichi is back—and in color! Hoping to leave violence behind, the blind masseur wanders to a village, where he meets an old friend fallen on hard times.

Tokuzo Tanaka Japan, 1963
Blu-ray, DVD

Zatoichi's Vengeance

Zatoichi encounters a dying man, who asks the itinerant masseur to deliver a bag of money to his young son; he agrees to fulfill the request, finding the boy in a village terrorized by criminals.

Tokuzo Tanaka Japan, 1966
Blu-ray, DVD

Zatoichi the Fugitive

Zatoichi triumphs at a village wrestling match, much to the chagrin of his yakuza opponents. The defeated gang members pay a hotheaded ronin to take out the masseur; unbeknownst to them, the hired assassin is married to a former flame of Zatoichi’s, further complicating matters.

Tokuzo Tanaka Japan, 1963
35 mm, Blu-ray, DVD