Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimazu Yuko Shimizu

Award winning Japanese illustrator based in New York City and instructor at School of Visual Arts.

Criterion Collection’s whopping 27 disk Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman box set

known for their beautiful collector DVD/Blu-Ray packagings, Criterion Collection has done it again. And this is epic. Whopping 27 disk 25 movie full box set of Zatoichi: the Blind Swordsman starring legendary Shintaro Katsu. The set came out after Thanksgiving, just in time for Holiday season.
What is the most exciting for illustration and comic fans is that the set comes with a fully illustrated booklet with 25 images done by 25 different artists. Beautiful box packaging was done by Ronald Winberly (below) Art direction and design of the package was done by Eric Skillman of Criterion Collection.

and, below is my contribution to film No.9 Adventures of Zatoichi.
"yuko shimizu" "zatoichi" "criterion collection"

I have also picked some of my favorite images from this booklet, so you can see how cool this box set really is. from top to bottom: Greg Ruth, Patrick Leger, Josh Cochran, Paul Pope, Sam Hiti and Benjamin Marra. (and can I show off that Josh, Paul, Sam and Ben are some of my very talented friends!?)

The set is currently sold discounted from Criterion store.  If you are in the US, you can still meet the holiday shipping deadlines. All the details, pricing and shipping,  please check Criterion website.