Release date:July 23, 2004
MPAA Rating:R (for strong stylized bloody violence)
Starring:Takeshi Kitano, Michiyo Ogusu, Taka Gatarukanaru, Yûko Daike, Saburo Ishikura, Tadanobu Asano, Akira Emoto, Hideboh , Ittoku Kishibe, Yui Natsukawa
Zatoichi is a 19th Century blind nomad who makes his living as a gambler and masseur. However, behind this humble facade, he is a master swordsman gifted with a lightning-fast draw and breathtaking precision. While wandering, Zatoichi discovers a remote mountain village at the mercy of Ginzo, a ruthless gang-leader. Ginzo disposes of anyone who gets in his way, especially after hiring the mighty samurai ronin Hattori as a bodyguard. After a raucous night of gambling in town, Zatoichi encounters a pair of geishas -- as dangerous as they are beautiful -- who've come to avenge their parents' murder at the hands of Ginzo. As the paths of these and other colorful characters intertwine, Ginzo's henchmen are soon after Zatoichi. With his legendary cane sword at his side, the stage is set for a riveting showdown.