CLIP DESCRIPTION: As geisha Okinu (Yuko Daike) plucks the shamisen (a traditional Japanese stringed instrument) for her brother, Osei (Daigoro Tachibana) -- who is also disguised as a geisha -- she reminisces to a time when Osei was a child performing the same dance. The memory leaves Okinu with a quiet sense of sorrow because she knows that her brother had to learned the dance in order to make money as a child prostitute.
FILM DESCRIPTION: Beat Takeshi Kitano directs and plays the title role in this tribute to the wildly popular "blind swordsman" of Japanese cinema who was the hero of more than 20 movies and a television series from the early '60s to the late '80s. In Kitano's version, Zatôichi wanders into a town harassed by criminal gangs, and helps two geishas take revenge on the men who murdered their parents. His mission leads him to a final, bloody confrontation with the gang's mastermind and his hired assassin (Tadanobu Asano), a swordsman with a reputation as lethal as Zatôichi.
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