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A showing of 'Zatoichi' (aka 'The Blind Swordsman') directed by Takeshi Kitano

Thursday, October 25, 2007
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bridges Theater
Melnitz Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Zatoichi (aka The Blind Swordsman)
directed by "Beat" Takeshi Kitano
Japan, 2003
116 minutes, 35mm

The Crank presents Zatoichi, Takeshi Kitano's acclaimed updating of the legendary hero from 1960s and 70s Japanese cinema.  Kitano plays the title character, a blind masseur who defends a village against a ruthless gang of killers.  The film is, ultimately, more than a samurai film, but an exploration of the "Beat" Takeshi persona developed in such films as Fireworks (Hana-bi), Kikujuro, and other modern classics, a persona that crosses genres as disparate as comedy, the gangster film, and the musical.

" that seems alive in the sense that it appears to have free will." -- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

The Crank is a film club run by the graduate students of UCLA's Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media.  Its mission is to program film series which showcase the treasures of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.  The Fall 2007 quarter highlights some of the best in contemporary international art house cinema.

Download file: Zatoichi-flier.pdf

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