Zatōichi, Blind Swordsman

Zatōichi (座頭市) is the long running character who is the archetypical blind Japanese swordsman. 25 films were made showcasing his extraordinary ability from 1962 – 1974, with a 26th added in 1989. In everyone he is played by actor Shintaro Katsu, though a 2003 remake starred Takeshi Kitano.

The iconic Zatōichi wanders the land, protecting the innocent, gambling, playing music, and giving massages. It’s an interesting character that has influenced many works both in Japan and in the West.

Below are the posters and/or DVD covers of the 26 films starring Shintaro Katsu, plus the remake for good measure.