Criterion Reflections – Episode 12 – Kihachi Okamoto’s ZATOICHI MEETS YOJIMBO

Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode of this second season of the podcast features conversations with a variety of guests offering insights on movies that originally premiered in 1970 and were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by Robert Taylor and Jon Laubinger to discuss Kihachi Okamoto’s Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo, starring Shintaro Katsu and Toshiro Mifune, the 20th installment in the long-running film series about a blind swordsman who wanders across the Japanese countryside of the late Edo period (mid-1830s-1840s).

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Kihachi Okamoto

Shintaro Katsu

Toshiro Mifune

Ayako Wakao








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David Blakeslee

David hosts the Criterion Reflections podcast, a series that reviews the films of the Criterion Collection in their chronological order of release. The series began in 2009 and those essays (covering the years 1921-1967) can be found via the website link provided below. In March 2016, the blog transferred to this site, and in August 2017, the blog changed over to a podcast format. David also contributes to other reviews and podcasts on this site. He lives near Grand Rapids, Michigan and works in social services. Twitter / Criterion Reflections