Count our lucky stars. The old Zatoichi movies are available to view on HULU: http://www.hulu.com/zatoichi-the-blind-swordsman
If you like old samurai flicks these are very cool. Well, technically he’s a blind masseur played by Katsu Shintaro who is more gamler-type than samurai. But plenty of swordplay is involved. Check it out (especially the early ones).