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Director:
Writers:
Minoru Inuzuka (screenplay)
Kan Shimozawa (short story)
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Release Date:
18 April 1962 (Japan) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur who also happens to be a master swordsman. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(8 articles)
What I Watched, What You Watched #225
 (From Rope Of Silicon. 29 December 2013, 7:00 AM, PST)

New DVD Blu-ray: 'Red 2,' 'The Canyons,' 'Jobs'
 (From Moviefone. 27 November 2013, 8:00 AM, PST)

Blu-ray, DVD Release: Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Collection
 (From Disc Dish. 26 August 2013, 4:34 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
If you're a fan of the Kurosawa epics... while this is not on the same level there will be a chance you'll like this See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Shintarô Katsu ... Zatôichi / Blind Man Ichi / Masseur Ichi
Masayo Banri ... Tane / Tatekichi's sister / Seisuke's ex-lover
Ryûzô Shimada ... Shigezô of Sasagawa / Sasagawa yakuza boss
Hajime Mitamura ... Hanji of Matsugishi
Shigeru Amachi ... Hirate, Miki
Chitose Maki ... Yoshi / Hanji's wife
Ikuko Môri ... Yutaka / Shigezô's wife
Michirô Minami ... Tatekichi / Tane's brother / Saki's lover / Iioka yakuza member
Eijirô Yanagi ... Sukegorô of Iioka / Iioka yakuza boss
Toshio Chiba ... Masakichi / Iioka yakuza member (as Toshirô Chiba)
Manabu Morita ... Seisuke / Tane's ex-lover / Iioka yakuza member
Yoichi Funaki ... Yogorô / Sasagawa yakuza member
Kinya Ichikawa ... Mokichi / Sasagawa yakuza member
Eigorô Onoe ... Rihei / Sasagawa yakuza member
Yoshito Yamaji ... Yahei / Father of Tane and Tatekichi
Yukio Horikita ... Kanaji / Sasagawa yakuza member
Takaji Fukui ... Daihachi / Iioka yakuza member
Masayoshi Kikuno ... A coolie
Hajime Koshikawa ... A farmer
Akira Shiga ... A dice-roller
Yûji Hamada ... Iioka yakuza member
Kôichi Aihara
Hiroyoshi Nishioka ... Iioka yakuza member
Gen Kimura ... Sasagawa gambler spy
Taizô Sengoku ... Ishichi / Sasagawa yakuza member
Noboru Taniguchi ... Tomozô / Sasagawa yakuza member
Shingo Hosoya ... Iioka yakuza member
Saburô Nagaoka
Katsuyoshi Baba ... Iioka yakuza member
Kaname Yûki ... Iioka yakuza member
Keiko Awanami ... Saki / Tatekichi's lover
Kanae Kobayashi ... Kane the Sasagawa innkeeper
Bonta Maru
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jun Fujikawa ... Iioka yakuza
Takashi Teramura

Directed by
Kenji Misumi 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Minoru Inuzuka  screenplay (as Minoru Inuduka)
Kan Shimozawa  short story

Produced by
Ikuo Kubodera .... executive producer
Ikuo Kubodera .... planner
 
Original Music by
Akira Ifukube 
 
Cinematography by
Chishi Makiura 
 
Film Editing by
Kanji Suganuma 
 
Production Design by
Akira Naitô 
 
Production Management
Mitsuru Tanabe .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Toshiaki Kunihara .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Kazuo Kajitani .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Iwao Ôtani .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hiroya Katô .... lighting technician (as Hironari Kato)
Hiroya Katô .... lighting technician
Yasuo Matsuura .... still photographer
 
Music Department
Toshio Nakamoto .... natural music director
 
Other crew
Shôhei Miyauchi .... martial arts director
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Zatôichi monogatari" - Japan (original title)
"Zatoichi: The Life and Opinion of Masseur Ichi" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
96 min | USA:95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:

Did You Know?

Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Hirate and Zatoichi are about to fight near the end, the horn of a modern ship can be heard in the background.See more »
Quotes:
Zatôichi:[after asking Zatoichi what she would do with having so much children] Just don't raise them to be gangsters.
Tane:I won't... But why do you say that?
Zatôichi:Because to be a gangster is a foolish way to live.
Tane:Then why don't you live a decent life?
Zatôichi:It's like being stuck in a bog; it's not easy to pull yourself out once you've fallen in.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Jipangu (1990)See more »

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If you're a fan of the Kurosawa epics... while this is not on the same level there will be a chance you'll like this, 6 July 2014
Author: WakenPayne from Valhalla

I decided to sit down and watch this because I found out about Zatoichi meets Yojimbo (1970) and I decided to pick that up but I wanted to watch a Zatoichi movie before I watch Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo and I did and for a period piece/samurai epic - I'd recommend it if you are a fan of the genre.

Okay so the story as a war between gangs is brewing a blind man who practiced and perfected the art of sword-fighting is asked (actually, more along the lines of forced) to stay at one of the gang's hideout so he can freeload and be their secret weapon in the war. While the other gang is doing the same thing with another master swordsman. While Zatoichi is fishing he has a conversation with the other swordsman and they become good friends. Zatoichi then guesses correctly that the other swordsman is sick and dying of consumption. As the war brews will the 2 leading characters be forced to kill each other?

If there is any scene in which I didn't like it enough for me to point out it's actually the very first scene of the movie. Zatoichi begins to gamble in a dice game and the dice aren't covered by the cup only to be revealed that he was playing them all along and has 2 identical dice literally up his sleeve. The reason why I didn't like that scene is that it kind of contradicts Zatoichi's character. Although he is a gangster he does have a good moral code and in the end, he will try to do what is right but would you ever guess that he was the good guy by the scene that I described?

In terms of what I liked, The relationship between the two samurai for one thing. It does get across pretty well this relationship as well as the rather conflicting feelings they have at the thought of them having to go up against one another. It does offer some good drama (and to their credit the actors do very good jobs). The sword-fight choreography is on par with a Kurosawa movie and even though I didn't like the opening scene I do like Zatoichi's character.

Aside from that all I have left to say is that if you liked Kurosawa's samurai movies then this is worth checking out. I mean while this movie is NOTHING in comparison with the aforementioned movies I will most certainly say if you like those then there is a pretty good chance you'll like this.

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