Friday, June 25, 2010

We're proud to present the song stylings of Zatoichi... we mean Shintaro Katsu

by Chris MaGee

Every once and awhile we like to highlight the singing talents of a Japanese actor and actress, well, who we never really could picture singing. There's plenty of them - Takeshi Kitano, Jo Odagiri, Tadanobu Asano, Rie Miyazawa, Yoshio Harada... the list goes on and one. In the Japanese entertainment industry it's often not enough that you're a talented actor or actress, you have to be able to sing and dance and be an all around entertainer. A recent wander through YouTube offered up a wealth of songs sung by none other than Zatoichi himself. Yes, that's right Shintaro Katsu. he not only gave life to Zatoichi, The Blind Swordsman, but he cut a few albums as well. Here's just a sampling of his musical talent. Make sure to check out the last video where (if you read Japanese) you can do a little karaoke singing along with Katsu. Enjoy!

Akiko Song


Yoru wa Bossanova

Iki na Wakare

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