The Zatoichi television series is just as good as the film series that preceded it. In fact many may prefer the television series.
Since each episode is reduced to 55 minutes, you get to the climatic fight a lot sooner, and since the plot has to be simplified to accommodate less characters, the films are easier to follow.
Season 1 of the Zatoichi TV series opens with these 5 exciting episodes.
REMASTERED FOR SUPERIOR PICTURE QUALITY
Episode 1. A CHALLENGE OF CHANCE
Episode 2. FLOWER THAT BLOOMED WITH THE LULLABY
Episode 3. MEMORIAL DAY AND THE BELL OF LIFE
Episode 4. THE KANNON STATUE THAT WAS TIED
Episode 5. HEARTLESS MAN TOUCHED BY COMPASSION
Starring: KATSU Shintaro
1974 - JAPANESE with OPTIONAL ENGLISH SUBTITLES - COLOR - FULL SCREEN - 270 MINUTES