Assistive Technologies

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)

1hr 56mins
Directed by
Takeshi Kitano
Takeshi Kitano,
Tadanobu Asano,
Yui Natsukawa,
Michiyo Yasuda
Film Language
in Japanese with English subtitles

Introduction by Northeastern University Professor Jennifer Cullen!

His sword made him a hero... his courage made him a legend. This summer, justice is blind.

In an empire ruled by fear, the people's only hope is the ultimate weapon: Zatoichi (writer/director Takeshi Kitano)—a blind, nomadic samurai whose sword has made him a hero and whose courage has made him a legend. Determined to help the desperate residents of a village, Zatoichi seeks justice through revenge. Inventive and bold, this film shines with its riveting action and breathtaking stunts.

About Professor Jennifer Cullen:

Jennifer Cullen (PhD in Modern Japanese Literature from UCLA) is the author of Writing Purity: The Rise of Virginity as a Literary Concern in Modern Japan (2015). She is currently an Associate Teaching Professor of Japanese Popular Culture and Film at Northeastern University.

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