Search a film or person :
FacebookConnectionRegistration
Zatoichi is a japonais film of genre Drama directed by Takeshi Kitano released in USA on 16 january 2004 with Takeshi Kitano

Zatoichi (2003)

Zatoichi
If you like this film, let us know!
Released in USA 16 january 2004
Length 1h56
Directed by
OriginJapon
Genres Drama,    Action,    Adventure
Rating74% 3.7486453.7486453.7486453.7486453.748645

Zatoichi (座頭市, Zatōichi) (released in the US as The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi) is a 2003 Japanese samurai drama and action film, directed, written, co-edited, and starring Takeshi Kitano ("Beat" Takeshi) in the eleventh film he has directed. Kitano plays the role of the blind swordsman.

The film is a revival of the classic Zatoichi series of samurai film and television dramas. It premiered on September 3, 2003 at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the prestigious Silver Lion for Best Director award, and went on to numerous other awards both at home and abroad. It also stars Tadanobu Asano, Michiyo Okusu, Yui Natsukawa, Guadalcanal Taka, Daigoro Tachibana, Yuko Daike, Ittoku Kishibe, Saburo Ishikura, and Akira Emoto.

Synopsis

The film's plot follows a traditional theme, with Zatoichi (a blind swordsman) coming to the defense of townspeople caught up in a local Yakuza gang war and being forced to pay excessive amounts of protection money. Meanwhile, Zatoichi befriends a local farmer and her gambler nephew and eventually offers his assistance to two geisha siblings (one of whom is actually a man) who are seeking revenge for the murder of their parents. The siblings are the only survivors of a robbery and massacre that was carried out on their family estate ten years ago. They soon discover the people responsible for the murders are the same Yakuza wreaking havoc on the small town.

Actors

Trailer of Zatoichi

Bluray, DVD

Streaming / VOD

Source : Wikidata

Comments


Leave comment :

Suggestions of similar film to Zatoichi

There are 96 films with the same actors, 19 films with the same director, 65961 with the same cinematographic genres (including 1654 with exactly the same 3 genres than Zatoichi), 14636 films with the same themes (including 0 films with the same 11 themes than Zatoichi), to have finally 70 suggestions of similar films.

If you liked Zatoichi, you will probably like those similar films :
Boiling Point, 1h36
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Yakuza films, Gangster films
Actors Takeshi Kitano, Yuriko Ishida, Takahito Iguchi, Iizuka Minoru, Hisashi Igawa, Etsushi Toyokawa
Rating67% 3.399913.399913.399913.399913.39991
Masaki est un jeune ahuri qui joue au baseball dans une mauvaise équipe, les Eagles, et qui travaille dans une station-service. Un jour, il doit nettoyer la voiture d'un yakuza, membre du clan Otomo. Mais injurié par ce dernier, Masaki lui décoche un coup de poing. Le yakuza, en se protégeant, se brise le bras. Pour sauver la réputation de son clan, Otomo revient quelques jours plus tard pour racketter le patron de la station-service. Inquiet, Masaki se confie à son ami barman, Takashi Iguchi, qui fit partie du gang d'Otomo il y a quelques années.
Kikujiro
Kikujiro (1999)
, 2h1
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about children, Films about families, Seafaring films, Transport films, Le thème des vacances, Films about automobiles, Road movies
Actors Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Yūko Daike, Masayuki Suzuki, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Akaji Maro
Rating77% 3.8978053.8978053.8978053.8978053.897805
Masao, who lives alone with his grandmother in an old Shitamachi area of Tokyo, receives a package, and in looking for a seal finds a photo of his long lost mother. He finds her address in Toyohashi, several hundred miles to the west. Leaving home to see his mother, he meets his grandmother's neighbors, Kikujiro and his wife. Kikujiro's wife forces Kikujiro to accompany Masao on a journey to see his mother, telling Masao's grandmother that they are going to the beach.
Brother
Brother (2000)
, 1h54
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films, Yakuza films, Gangster films
Actors Omar Epps, Takeshi Kitano, Claude Maki, Tetsuya Watari (渡 哲也), Masaya Katō, Susumu Terajima
Rating70% 3.54963.54963.54963.54963.5496
Takeshi Kitano plays Yamamoto, a lone yakuza officer. Defeated in a war with a rival family, his boss killed, he heads to Los Angeles, California.
Violent Cop, 1h43
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Seafaring films, Films about drugs, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films, Yakuza films, Gangster films
Actors Takeshi Kitano, Maiko Kawakami, Shirō Sano, Hakuryu, Ittoku Kishibe, Tarō Ishida
Rating71% 3.599973.599973.599973.599973.59997
Kitano plays detective Azuma, a Dirty Harry-type who uses violent methods when confronting criminals. After the suicide of his friend and colleague Iwaki (a vice cop who was involved with drugs), and the kidnapping of his sister by yakuza gangsters, Azuma breaks all the rules of ethical conduct. He responds to every situation with violence, and resorts to unethical methods if they produce results.
Sonatine
Sonatine (1993)
, 1h34
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy-drama, Action, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films, Yakuza films, Gangster films
Actors Takeshi Kitano, Susumu Terajima, Ren Osugi, Kenichi Yajima, Christopher Britton, Rome Kanda
Rating75% 3.7502353.7502353.7502353.7502353.750235
Kitano plays Murakawa, an enforcer for the Tokyo-based yakuza tired of gangster life. He is sent by his boss to Okinawa, supposedly to mediate a dispute between their allies, the Nakamatsu and Anan clans. Murakawa openly suspects the assignment is an attempt to have him removed and even beats up one of his colleagues, Takahashi, whom he distrusts, but ends up going with his men. He finds that the dispute is insignificant, and while wondering why he was sent to Okinawa at all, the group's temporary headquarters are bombed and they are then ambushed in a bar, leaving several of his men dead.
Outrage Beyond, 1h52
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes La corruption policière, Mafia films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Yakuza films, Gangster films
Actors Takeshi Kitano, Toshiyuki Nishida, Ryō Kase, Tomokazu Miura, Yutaka Matsushige, Tao Okamoto
Rating68% 3.4023253.4023253.4023253.4023253.402325
The film begins with two anti-corruption detectives observing the discovery of dead bodies in a car being recovered from the bottom of a harbor. The detectives suspect that the drowned bodies are related to the recent gang war and power struggle at the huge Sanno-kai crime syndicate, which covers a large portion of eastern Japan. The new Grand Yakuza leader of Sanno-kai, Kato (Tomokazu Miura), must now reform his standing with the powerful rival Hanabishi-kai of western Japan. Otomo (Beat Takeshi), a former Yakuza, is serving time in a maximum security prison after falling out of favor with Sekiuchi, the former Grand Yakuza before Kato murdered him and took control.
Outrage
Outrage (2010)
, 1h49
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes La corruption policière, Mafia films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Yakuza films, Gangster films
Actors Takeshi Kitano, Ryō Kase, Tomokazu Miura, Jun Kunimura, Tetta Sugimoto, Eihi Shiina
Rating68% 3.4004153.4004153.4004153.4004153.400415
The film begins with a sumptuous banquet at the opulent estate of the Grand Yakuza leader Sekiuchi (Soichiro Kitamura), boss of the Sanno-kai, a huge organized crime syndicate controlling the entire Kanto region, and he has invited the many Yakuza leaders under his control. After the formal conclusion of the banquet, Kato, the chief lieutenant of Sekiuchi, pulls one of the Yakuza leaders, Ikemoto, aside and makes plain that he is displeased with the news that Ikemoto has become friendly with a rival gang leader, Murase, while the two were unexpectedly imprisoned together. Kato orders Ikemoto to bring the unassociated Murase-gumi gang in line, and he immediately passes the task on to his subordinate Otomo (Beat Takeshi), who runs his own crew.
Fireworks
Fireworks (1997)
, 1h43
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films, Yakuza films, Gangster films
Actors Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osugi, Susumu Terajima, Hakuryu, Kanji Tsuda
Rating77% 3.8981553.8981553.8981553.8981553.898155
Kitano plays Nishi, a violent and unpredictable police detective who quits the force after a terrible incident results in his partner, Horibe (Ren Osugi), needing to use a wheelchair. After his retirement, he spends much of his time looking after his wife Miyuki (Kayoko Kishimoto), who has leukemia. The film moves at a deliberate pace and devotes much time to exploring their relationship. Nishi has also borrowed money from the Yakuza to pay for his wife's needs, and is having difficulty repaying them. Meanwhile, Horibe takes up painting and creates works of art that are surrealistic.
Outrage Coda, 1h44
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Action, Crime
Themes Yakuza films
Actors Takeshi Kitano, Ken Mitsuishi, Hakuryu, Yutaka Matsushige, Ren Osugi, Kanji Tsuda
Rating63% 3.1553053.1553053.1553053.1553053.155305
Cinq ans ont passé après la guerre entre les Sanno et les Hanabishi, les deux grandes familles du crime organisé japonais, à laquelle l’ancien chef Yakuza Otomo a survécu. Aujourd'hui, il travaille maintenant en Corée du Sud pour M. Chang, un intermédiaire respecté dont l’influence s’étend jusqu’au Japon. Lorsque la vie de M. Chang est en danger, le dévoué Otomo reviendra au Japon pour régler les choses à sa façon et surtout pour achever définitivement le conflit contre les Hanabishi.
Takeshis'
Takeshis' (2005)
, 1h48
Directed by Takeshi Kitano
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Yakuza films, Gangster films
Actors Takeshi Kitano, Susumu Terajima, Kotomi Kyono, Ren Osugi, Kayoko Kishimoto, Akihiro Miwa
Rating63% 3.1981953.1981953.1981953.1981953.198195
Takeshis' progresses through the nested storyline of the dual protagonists, Beat Takeshi and Mr. Kitano (both played by Kitano himself). Beat Takeshi, a prominent actor, meets a look-alike named Mr. Kitano, who is a struggling actor. After the meeting, Mr. Kitano's dreams take a violent, surreal turn.