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New Tale of Zatoichi (1963)
"Shin Zatôichi monogatari" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Drama  |  15 March 1963 (Japan)
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Wishing to find peace, Zatoichi travels to his old village but only finds trouble when he ends up in a love triangle and finds old scores have followed him home.

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Credited cast:
Shintarô Katsu ...
Mikiko Tsubouchi ...
Yayoi
Seizaburô Kawazu ...
Banno
Fujio Suga ...
Yasuhiko
Mieko Kondô ...
Inn keeper's wife
Chitose Maki ...
Tame's wife
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tatsuo Endô ...
Inn keeper
Gen Kimura ...
Sekiya yakuza member with large mark on his face
Kanae Kobayashi ...
Old lady going deaf
Yutaka Nakamura ...
Yasuhiko's brother
Shôsaku Sugiyama ...
Tengu Ronin that gets a massage
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Blind masseur and master swordsman, Zatoichi, is tired of killing. He journeys to his old village looking for peace, but is pursued by the brother of Boss Kanbei, a man he's killed. Back home, Ichi connects with Banno, his teacher, who seeks prestige and has arranged for his younger sister, Yayoi, to marry into a wealthy samurai family. Ichi and Yayoi realize they are in love, but Ichi's request for her hand meets with Banno's derision. Ichi is also drawn into Banno's plot to kidnap the son of a wealthy man, ostensibly to aid the Mito Goblins, a gang of thieves on the run; but Banno wants to keep the ransom. Ichi wants harmony and love, but can he escape a destiny of violence? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Good entry in the series
19 November 2001 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

This is the third entry in the popular Zatoichi series, and as usual it features an outstanding performance from Shintaro Katsu as the blind masseur who is also a master of sword play. This time he takes on a gang of thieves who are marauding the countryside. Of particular note is Akira Ifubuke's brilliant and evocative score, reminiscent of his best work from kaiju.


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