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 concludes with these 5 exciting episodes.
REMASTERED FOR SUPERIOR PICTURE QUALITY
Episode 22. SONG OF THE FATHER AND SON
Episode 23. THE SUICIDE SONG OF LOVERS
Episode 24. THE COMING OF SPRING
Episode 25. THE WAY OF THE YAKUZA
Episode 26. TRAVELING ALONE
Starring: KATSU Shintaro
1974 - JAPANESE with OPTIONAL ENGLISH SUBTITLES - COLOR - FULL SCREEN - 270 MINUTES