Zatoichi/Sonatine Kitano Double Feature in November

Buena Vista Home Entertainment have announced the Region 1 DVD release of a special double DVD set comprising of Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman and Sonatine. Arriving on 9th November 2004 priced at $29.99, both films star “Beat” Takeshi Kitano and include bonus features, as detailed below...

Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman - While travelling through the Japanese countryside, Zatoichi, a blind samurai, happens upon a village that has been overrun by a ruthless gang. Determined to help the villagers, Zatoichi seeks out the gang leader and embarks on a journey of revenge.

Directed, written and starring “Beat” Takeshi Kitano Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman has won numerous awards, including the 2003 Venice Film Festival (Best Film, Best Feature Film Festival Digital Award, Special Director’s Award) and the 2004 Awards of the Japanese Academy (Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Score, Best Sound, Best Lighting).

Features include:

  • Behind-the-scenes special
  • Video interviews with the crew (cinematographer, production designer, costume designer, master swordsman)
Sonatine - International star “Beat” Takeshi Kitano plays a Tokyo hit-man who is sent to Okinawa to help settle a dispute between two other gangs. When he arrives and his men are ambushed, he realizes he was set up. Narrowly escaping the city, he takes his remaining men to a beach house to hide out. Determined not to go out without a fight, they prepare for the final showdown.

Features include:
  • Intro by Quentin Tarantino
  • Beat Takeshi interview
Both films are presented in anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, with both Japanese and English language options alongside English and Spanish subtitles.

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