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- Director: Takeshi Kitano
- Release Date: 5 February 2004 (Netherlands)
- Writers: Takeshi Kitano (screenplay), Kan Shimosawa (novels)
- Run Time: 116 min
- Country: Japan
- Genre: Action , Comedy , Crime , Drama , Music
- MPAA: Rated R for strong stylized bloody violence.
Watch movie: Zatôichi (2003)
Tagline: His Sword Made Him a Hero... His Courage Made Him a Legend. This Summer, Justice is Blind.
Trivia: Kitano said that he wanted the fights to be as realistic as possible, but that he wanted the blood to be extremely exaggerated.
"Blind Zatoichi makes his living by gambling and giving massages. But behind his humble facade, Zatoichi is a master swordsman, gifted with lightning-fast draw and strokes of breathtaking precision. Zatoichi wanders into a town run by sinister gangs and a powerful samurai. He's destined for violent showdowns when he stumbles on two beautiful geishas avenging their parents' murder... Duels, wit and a touch of zen! Cult anti-hero Zatoichi is back in a sword-fighting adventure written, directed and starring Takeshi Kitano. "