May 2, 2004

Zatoichi at The TriBeCa Film Festival

POST #    994

The second film I watched at the TriBeCa Film Festival was Zatoichi, a Japanese movie directed by and starring Takeshi Kitano. The film is about Zatoichi, a blind masseur that wanders into a Japanese town rife with gangs. What nobody knows is that this blind masseur is actually a master swordsman. Zatoichi befriends several other people in town, including a traveling pair of geisha and a local buffoon. The masseur soon encounters many of the gang members including a ronin with only his "cane".

I was thinking of deeming it the best movie I've seen all year, but that I'm going to stop short of that. Let's just say that this was one of the best movies that I've seen this year. Not surprisingly, it is similar to the two Kill Bill movies, so if you liked those at all, you'll at least like Zatoichi. It was fun and funny, had plenty of story and background stories, was chock full of action, and had a pretty cool ending. What more could you want from a movie?

The showing at the film festival was the New York premiere of the film, but Zatoichi is scheduled to be released later this year by Miramax. There are two more showings of Zatoichi at the TriBeCa Film Festival on Friday and Sunday.

More information:
- Zatoichi - official site
- TriBeCa Film Festival listing for "Zatoichi"

Posted by tien mao in Movies at 12:25 PM



That sounds like an interesting movie. I guess it'll only hit the small theaters? There are a couple of Landmark Theaters near me, and I'm guessing that's my best bet, but I don't see any mention of Zatoichi yet. But I did come across Twilight Samurai, which sounded kinda good too - only playing in NY and Boston, though.

Posted by: matt at May 2, 2004 11:47 PM

matt, you never know. with miramax behind a film, anything can happen.

Posted by: tien at May 3, 2004 9:49 AM

matt, i just read that the u.s. release date for zatoichi is june 4th. not sure how many theaters that will be, but good to know.

Posted by: tien at May 4, 2004 1:11 AM

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