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Zatoichi on the Road (1963)
"Zatôichi kenka-tabi" (original title)

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Zatoichi promises to deliver a maiden safely home but finds two dangerous gangs have a mysterious interest in the young girl.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Shintarô Katsu ...
Shiho Fujimura ...
Mitsu
Ryûzô Shimada ...
Jingorô (as Ryuuzô Shimada)
Reiko Fujiwara ...
Hisa
Matasaburo Niwa ...
Yamada
Yoshio Yoshida ...
Boss Tomegoro of Kagotame
Sônosuke Sawamura ...
Boss Tobei of Shimozuma
Shôsaku Sugiyama ...
Boss Hikozo of Doyama
Yutaka Nakamura ...
Matsu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gen Kimura ...
Yakuza enforcer
Teruko Ômi ...
Palaquin receptionist
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Blind swordsman/masseuer Ichi (or "Zatoichi") is asked by a dying man to deliver the maiden Mitsu (or "Omitsu") to her family in Edo, and Zatoichi feels honor-bound to do so. But rival gangs each have an interest in kidnapping the girl for ransom. Zatoichi joins with one of the gangs when the other gang captures Mitsu, but he then finds that to rescue her, he must fight both gangs. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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27 June 1968 (USA)  »

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Boss Tobei of Shimozuma: [after Zatoichi lures three Yakuza bosses from two opposing sides of a gang war via a ruse] You blind bastard!
Boss Tomegoro of Kagotame: I run an honest business.
Zatôichi: Then why did you try to kidnap the girl?
Boss Tomegoro of Kagotame: No, it wasn't like that. It was -...
Zatôichi: [Zatoichi interrupts] Nobody has a worse reputation around here than you guys.
[pauses then around to face Boss Hikozo]
Zatôichi: You too.
Boss Hikozo of Doyama: What?
Zatôichi: Using an innocent woman as bait - Unscrupulous coward! None of you deserves to live.
Boss Hikozo of Doyama: What are you talking about? Get them!
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Chivalry is tested
30 March 2002 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

When Zatoichi accidentally met an unknown dying man, who asked him to save an unknown maiden, he felt obligated. He didn't even have to promise. Time and again, he did everything in his power to save the maiden in several occassions. But when he took side on a feudal quarrel, he found himself choosing between which one to honor better: The request of a dying man or the contract he made with one of the gang leaders. You've guessed what he opted. Modern gangsters may have a different code of ethics.


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