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The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi

Japanese actor/filmmaker/comedian Takeshi Kitano directs and stars in this odd by highly entertaining update of the classic Japanese action series (which ran for 26 films). Kitano stars as the title character, a blind masseur who happens to be the world's greatest swordsman. Our hero stumbles into a small town where two rival factions of yakuza are fighting it out for control. Throw in two revenge-seeking geisha, a disgraced samurai, loads of bloody swordplay and a few dance sequences (no, really), and you've got the formula for a cheeky, rule-breaking piece of action cinema. In Japanese with English subtitles. 116 minutes