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Zatoichi and the Fugitives (1968)

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Zatoichi: Vol. 18: Zatoichi and the Fugitives - - -

Blind swordsman Zatoichi (Shintaro Katsu) liberates a town from a brutal gang in the continuing story of a sightless Samurai with a swift sword and a noble heart. In this installment, Zatoichi learns that a gang of criminals and a corrupt official are forcing young women to work in a sweatshop against their will. Unable to stand for such cruelty, the blind swordsman does what he does best -- grabs his shiny sword and goes after the bad guys.

a.k.a. Zatoichi 18
Zatôichi hatashi-jô
座頭市果し状
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Zatoichi's Cane Sword (1967)

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Zatoichi: Vol. 15: Zatoichi's Cane Sword - 2004-05-18 -

In his desperate attempts to rid a village of violence, Ichi (Shintarô Katsu) discovers the compelling truth about his sword -- a secret that just might come between him and his ability to overpower the malicious yakuza. When an expert blacksmith (Eijirô Tôno) warns Ichi that his sword will soon break, he wonders if this may be a sign that his fighting days are over. Kimiyoshi Yasuda directs this well-received entry in the Zatoichi franchise.

a.k.a. Zatoichi 15
Zatôichi tekka tabi
座頭市鉄火旅
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Zatoichi on the Road (1963)

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Zatoichi: Vol. 5: On the Road - 2002-10-22 -

While Ichi and his companion are traveling to a village where the local gang leader wants to hire Ichi as a bodyguard, a rival gang attacks the pair. After negotiating safe passage, the blind masseur encounters a dying man -- and more trouble. He wants to help a servant girl escape after a feudal lord has just raped her. Agreeing to help the girl get back to her family, Zatoichi realizes he will have to take on both gangs to make it through.

a.k.a. Zatoichi 5
Zatôichi kenka-tabi
座頭市喧嘩旅
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Zatoichi's Revenge (1965)

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Zatoichi: Vol. 10: Zatoichi's Revenge - 2003-08-19 -

When a diabolical scheme to enslave young women and force them into prostitution causes his old master to be murdered in cold blood, Ichi sets mercy aside until his vengeance is meted out and the young women are set free.

a.k.a. Zatoichi 10
Zatôichi nidan-kiri
座頭市二段斬り
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The Tale of Zatoichi Continues (1962)

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Zatoichi: Vol. 2: The Tale of Zatoichi Continues - 2002-05-14 -

Zatoichi (Shintarô Katsu) discovers that his new lord and employer suffers from a mental illness that, if made public, could extinguish the lord's empire and destroy his loyal samurai. But the samurai know something is amiss. Zatoichi holds a secret, too, and they're determined to get it no matter what. In a final duel, Zatoichi must face the infamous one-armed samurai. Kazuo Mori directs this action-filled drama.

a.k.a. (続・座頭市物語
Zatoichi 2
Zoku Zatôichi monogatari
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Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967)

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Zatoichi: Vol. 16: The Outlaw - - -

A gambling house comes up with a surefire ruse to make money: They kidnap peasants who have defaulted on their debts, while a rival casino pays their debts and sets them free. It's part of a master plan to enlist Ichi's aid in eliminating the competition so that the surviving casino can enjoy a monopoly that translates to more cash from the victimized farmers. But Zatoichi just might have something to say about all this.

a.k.a. Zatoichi 16
Zatôichi rôyaburi
座頭市牢破り
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Zatoichi at Large (1972)

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Zatoichi at Large - 2004-06-08 -

A pregnant woman dies giving birth, and it's up to blind swordsman Zatoichi to help find the baby's father. When Zatoichi reaches the town of Shioba, where the father's supposed to be, he instead finds the child's aunt, who beseeches him to help fend off the Yakuza. Zatoichi gets in deeper trouble when the dad resurfaces, accusing him of murdering his wife. Shintarô Katsu stars in this film from the immensely popular Japanese series.

a.k.a. Zatoichi 23
Zatôichi goyô-tabi
座頭市御用旅
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Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965)

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Zatoichi: Vol. 12: Zatoichi and the Chess Expert - 2004-05-18 -

Zatoichi and a chess-fanatic samurai grow to be close friends. Also, Zatoichi must battle an archrival in order to aid a young woman whose own sword fight has taken a dangerous turn for the worse.

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Zatôichi jigoku tabi
座頭市地獄旅
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The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)

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Zatoichi: Vol. 1: The Tale of Zatoichi - 2002-05-14 -

Blind swordsman Zatoichi is living in a province that's under siege by rival warlords. One warlord attempts to hire Zatoichi to help him fight his rival, but when the swordsman refuses, the warlord finds another warrior to challenge Zatoichi.

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Zatôichi monogatari
座頭市物語
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Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)

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Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo - 2005-04-12 -

Blind fugitive Zatoichi (Shintaro Katsu) seeks respite in his favorite village, which he remembers as a peaceful retreat. His memories soon fade when he discovers the town is now lorded over by Boss Masagoro (Masakane Yonekura) and his mercenary bodyguard Yojimbo (Toshiro Mifune). It's blade against blade as the two master swordsmen face each other in a metal showdown that will determine the fate of the village and the winner of a golden prize.

a.k.a. Zatoichi 20
Zatôichi to Yôjinbô
座頭市と用心棒
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New Tale of Zatoichi (1963)

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Zatoichi: Vol. 3: New Tale of Zatoichi - 2002-10-22 -

With more killer swordsmanship, romance and action-packed drama, the "Blind Swordsman" is back in the first color episode of the series. Ichi returns to his village to discover that his mentor hired out his swordsmanship skills to a ruthless gang. Meanwhile, the mentor's sister offers herself in marriage to our hero, who must decline on account of his many enemies and the danger that would bring to her.

a.k.a. Shin Zatôichi monogatari
Zatoichi 3
新・座頭市物語
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Fight, Zatoichi, Fight (1964)

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Zatoichi: Vol. 8: Fight, Zatoichi, Fight - 2003-04-29 -

An attack intended to kill the master blind swordsman Zatoichi instead strikes a fatal blow to an innocent mother. An honorable man, Zatoichi cares for the deceased woman's baby, protecting it from danger.

a.k.a. Zatoichi 8
Zatôichi kesshô-tabi
座頭市血笑旅
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Zatoichi's Vengeance (1966)

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Zatoichi: Vol. 13: Zatoichi's Vengeance - 2004-05-18 -

Zatoichi happens upon a man who is at death's door, and he gives the ailing man his word that he'll deliver something to his son. As Zatoichi prepares to deliver the package, he's faced with a group of bitter enemies who will do anything to stop him.

a.k.a. Zatoichi 13
Zatôichi no uta ga kikoeru
座頭市の歌が聞える
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Zatoichi's Conspiracy (1973)

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Zatoichi's Conspiracy - 2004-08-10 -

In this installment of the series about a blind swordsman, Zatoichi (Shintaro Katsu) must save his hometown from being terrorized by thugs. Back in town, Zatoichi finds the townsfolk suffering at the hands of the local yakuza -- and discovers a sister he never knew. When the blind samurai learns that his old friend is the one strong-arming the villagers, he faces some tough decisions. Kei Sato, Takashi Shimura and Eiji Okada also star.

a.k.a. Shin Zatôichi monogatari: Kasama no chimatsuri
Zatoichi 25
新座頭市物語・笠間の血祭り
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Zatoichi and the Doomed Man (1965)

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Zatoichi: Vol. 11: Zatoichi and the Doomed Man - 2003-08-19 -

Paired with a witty, harmless con man, blind masseur and swordsman Zatoichi delivers his trademark blend of intoxicating swordplay and sidesplitting slapstick as he crosses paths with an innocent man who's facing execution.

a.k.a. Zatoichi 11
Zatôichi sakate giri
座頭市逆手斬り
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Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)

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Zatoichi: The Festival of Fire - 2004-04-06 -

Japanese cult hero Zatoichi, who's headlined dozens of films, is a fighter who wields a mighty sword although he's blind. In The Festival of Fire, this wandering warrior blows into a town in which women aren't treated without respect.

a.k.a. Zatoichi 21
Zatôichi abare-himatsuri
座頭市あばれ火祭り
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Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman (1971)

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Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman - 2004-07-13 -

Zatoichi is a blind massage therapist and swordsman who finds out that something troubling is taking place on the outskirts of town. After discovering who the guilty parties are, Zatoichi sets off to find the dangerous pair. Zatoichi discovers that the accomplished martial artist and his youthful attendant are mixed up with a dangerous bunch of terrorist samurai who murdered the boy's parents. Now, Zatoichi must step in to save the day

a.k.a. Shin Zatôichi: Yabure! Tôjin-ken
Zatoichi 22
新座頭市・破れ!唐人剣
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Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (1964)

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Zatoichi: Vol. 6: Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold - 2003-04-29 -

Zatoichi must prove his innocence to legions of doubters in this installment of the popular samurai series. Accused of being a thief, the blind swordsman attempts to expose the actual perpetrators while retrieving a missing cache of gold.

a.k.a. Zatoichi 6
Zatôichi senryô-kubi
座頭市千両首
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Warrior (2011)

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Warrior 2011-12-20 2011-12-20 2012-08-04

Set in the violent world of mixed martial arts combat, this gritty drama follows two brothers at war with each other, who have pursued separate lives. But preparation for a championship bout soon leads the siblings back into each other's paths.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2009-11-24 2001-06-05 2014-04-01

Adventures of Zatoichi (1964)

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Zatoichi: Vol. 9: Adventures of Zatoichi - - -

Zatoichi raises an entirely different kind of cane in this hard-hitting episode. While corrupt bosses exploit hardworking merchants preparing for a New Year's celebration, blind swordsman Zatoichi dispenses justice with the edge of his cane sword. Zatoichi attempts to help two women whose paths have crossed with the Yakuza in this installment of the serial directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda and starring Shintarô Katsu.

a.k.a. Zatoichi 9
Zatôichi sekisho yaburi
座頭市関所破り
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The Matrix (1999)

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The Matrix 2008-10-28 1999-09-21 -

A computer hacker searches for the truth behind the mysterious force known as the Matrix. He discovers that what most people perceive as reality is actually a simulation created by machines and joins a rebellion to break free.

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Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963)

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Zatoichi: Vol. 4: The Fugitive - - -

Upon arriving in the village of Shimonita, Ichi learns that a local gang has placed a bounty on his head. A powerful hired ronin attacks him and nearly claims his life, and when the assassin goes on to slay an innocent woman, Ichi goes into a rage. After laying waste to the entire gang, Ichi's final duel becomes a deadly meeting of the samurai's superior swordsmanship and the blind masseur's unbridled anger.

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Zatôichi kyôjô-tabi
座頭市兇状旅
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Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964)

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Zatoichi: Vol. 7: Zatoichi's Flashing Sword - 2003-04-29 -

While fleeing from gangsters intent on revenge, Zatoichi -- the wandering masseur, gambler and master swordsman -- finds himself caught in a volatile feud between rival Yasugoro bosses.

a.k.a. Zatoichi 7
Zatôichi abare tako
座頭市あばれ凧
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Zatoichi Challenged (1967)

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Zatoichi: Vol. 17: Zatoichi Challenged - - -

The blind swordsman helps a family in need in the continuing story of Zatoichi (Shintaro Katsu), a sightless samurai with a noble heart and a swift sword. When a dying woman asks Zatoichi to deliver her son to his father, he agrees. On the way, Zatoichi fends off multiple gangs, aided by a mysterious samurai. Once at their destination, the three discover that the boy's father is a hostage, and the mysterious samurai reveals his true identity.

a.k.a. Zatoichi 17
Zatôichi chikemuri kaidô
座頭市血煙り街道
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