The Blind Podsmen: A Zatoichi Podcast
By Patrick Manfredi, Jason Frisbie
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We are a podcast dedicated to all things Zatoichi and related.
||CleanEpisode 23: Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo||Tonight's episode brings us to the showdown we have all been waiting for: Zatoichi vs. Yojimbo. However, like many entries in this series, things are not what they seem (the twist is that it's not a very good movie) From IMDB: Zatoichi (Shintarô Katsu)||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: Samaritan Zatoichi||After a loooooong break we are back with movie 19, a soft reboot of sorts of the Blind Swordsman series explores a darker, less controlled Zatoichi as he finds himself once again in conflict. From IMDB: Zatoichi is tricked by a crime gang into killin||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: Zatoichi and the Fugatives||Tonight we are visiting the 20th film in the Zatoichi series, 1968's Zatoichi and the Fugatives. This one is a surprisingly dark entry in the series featuring a tremendous amount of gore and violence and almost no humor. Download Here||10/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Blind Fury||On tonights Blind Podsmen, we are checking out the questionable remake of Zatoichi Challanged, 1989's Blind Fury starring Rutger Huaer. This is....a doozie Download Here||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: Zatoichi Challenged||We're back to our regularly programming (for now) with 1967's Zatoichi Challenged. Tonight our hero finds himself reluctantly shepherding a toddler to find his father, of course this leads to a ton of trouble. Featuring fantastic cinematography and one||8/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: The Blind Menace (Ghoul Summer Special)||We are back and this episode is a real doozy. Tonight we stray away from our original path to dive into the slimiest, grossest time of the year: Ghoul Summer. We are watching 1960's The Blind Menace starring Shintaro Katsu, a film about a blind murderer||7/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Zatoichi The Outlaw||Tonight's Blind Podsmen finds our hero once again in a moral conundrum about whether his violent ways can truly help those around him (they can). Download Here||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Zatoichi's Cane Sword||Welcome to episode 16 of The Blind Podsmen and tonight we are watching Zatoichi's Cane Sword. Our hero finds himself (again) caught between a villiage and a ruthless Yakuza that plans to take them for all they are worth. During his adventure he meets a||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Zatoichi's Pilgrimage||Welcome back to The Blind Podsmen. Tonight we are on movie #14 Zatoichi's Pilgrimage (1966). Our hero finds himself confronting his guilt towards his life of bloodshed and seeks atonement for his sins, by killing a ton of people. Featuring friend of the||5/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Zatoichi's Vengeance||We are back again with Episode 14 of The Blind Podsmen. Tonight we are watching the 13th movie (and the halfway point in our quest) Zatoichi's Vengeance. Our hero finds himself making a delivery for a dying man to his family and ends up caught up agains||4/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Zatoichi and the Chess Expert||And we are back with a new episode. Tonight we are watching 1965's Zatoichi and the Chess Expert. Directed by the series original director Kenji Misumi, we find our hero befriending a samurai who is skilled in the game of chess. However, things begin to||3/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Zatoichi and the Doomed Man||Welcome to The Blind Podsmen episode 12: Tonight we are talking about Zatoichi and the Doomed Man. Our hero unwillingly finds himself at the assistance of a death row inmate in the quest to find proof to free him Also we are joined tonight with a specia||2/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Zatoichi's Revenge||Welcome to Episode 11: of the Blind Podsmen. Tonight we are talking about the exciting 10th entry into the Zatoichi series, Zatoichi's Revenge from 1965. Zatoichi makes his way to visit his master only to learn that he had been murdered and his daughter||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Adventures of Zatoichi||Welcome back to The Blind Podsmen, tonight we're watching movie #11 of the Zatoichi series, Adventures of Zatoichi. We find our hero searching for the a young womans lost father while contending with a local gang. We also have a special Blind Leading th||2/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Fight Zatoichi Fight (1964)||Welcome back to our first episode post our unplanned vacation and the final episode of 2016. Tonight we are watching the 3rd of 4 Zatoichi films released in 1964, Fight Zatoichi Fight. Our hero finds himself escorting an infant to his father after his m||12/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964)||After a long delay, Episode 8 of the Blind Podsmen is out. Tonight's episode follows the second Zatoichi film from 1964, Zatoichi's Flashing Sword. Ichi finds himself wounded from an attempted assassination and nursed back to health, he finds himsel||10/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (1964)||We are back after a week delay with Episode 7: Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold from 1964. This film follows our hero as he hunts for the thieves of a village's 1000 ryo chest of gold, a crime that Ichi has found himself accused of. Directed by Kazuo Ikeh||9/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Zatoichi On The Road (1963)||Tonight we are jumping into the fifth entry in the Zatoichi saga, On The Road (or known as Zatoichi's Fighting Journey). Starring Shintaro Katsu, we find our hero escorting a young maiden to Edo while being pursued by two gangs for mysterious reasons. T||9/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Zatoichi The Fugitive (1963)||Welcome to Episode 5 of The Bind Podsmen. Tonight we are checking out Movie #4 in the Zatoichi series: Zatoichi The Fugitive (1963). Synopsis:A yakuza gang targets the blind masseur Zatoichi after he defeats their group in a wrestling match. Meanwh||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: The New Tale of Zatoichi (1963)||Tonight's episode we explore the third film and first color entry in the Zatoichi series, The New Tale of Zatoichi (1963). Starring Shintaro Katsu as he returns for the third time as the blind swordsman. Synopsis: "Wishing to find peace, Zatoichi trave||8/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: The Tale of Zatoichi Continues||Tonight we are exploring the second film in the Zatoichi series, 1962's The Tale of Zatoichi. Zatoichi travels back to Ioka villiage to pay respects to the samurai he bested a year earlier. Along the way he is stalked by a relentless group of samurai a||7/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)||Tonight we are diving into the first episode in the Zatoichi series, The Tale of Zatoichi from 1962. This is the first outing of Shintaro Katsu in his signature role. A blind masseur finds himself tangled up in a war between two rival gangs. While Zato||6/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: A Primer||Our first episode. We dive into our history with the legendary blind swordsman, a little history on the series and what we aim to do with our show Want to talk to us about some blind swordsmen or anything else? You can reach us at Blindpodsmen@gmail.co||6/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Star-making podcast sessions
It's only a matter of time before these charming chaps, Mr. Frisbie & Manfredi rise to the top of the multiplaform crossgenerational star map. This podcast, while featuring crude cover art, contains the sharpest insights to date regarding sightless bladesmen. Give it a listen (not a watch).
Cumulus and Zatoichi
What else could you ask for?? A #1
Great series, fantastic podcast treatment
I'm a fan of the Zatoichi series, but the films are a little binge-watchable and easy to be glossed over. I love revisiting the series a film at a time with the Podsmen. They have a solid rapport and really dig into the material.