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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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Credited cast:
Shintarô Katsu ...
Shiho Fujimura ...
Ryûzô Shimada ...
Jingorô (as Ryuuzô Shimada)
Reiko Fujiwara ...
Matasaburo Niwa ...
Yoshio Yoshida ...
Boss Tomegoro of Kagotame
Sonosuke Sawamura ...
Boss Tobei of Shimozuma
Shôsaku Sugiyama ...
Boss Hikozo of Doyama
Yutaka Nakamura ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gen Kimura ...
Yakuza enforcer
Teruko Ômi ...
Palaquin receptionist


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 <>

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27 June 1968 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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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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Spoofed in Dian zhi gong fu gan chian chan (1980) See more »

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One Angry Blind Man
10 April 2003 | by (Manassas, Va) – See all my reviews

This movie had some great sword-fighting sequences, as well as the usual beautiful (but kinda stupid) young woman falling for the blind gambler. I think that the most compelling sequence, though, is where he rescues the young hostage without drawing a sword. There is something about the transformation of the humble blind man to angry, sarcastic avenger that is compelling. It reminds me of those few Columbo episodes where the detective tips his hand early in the episode, for some reason.

This movie would be an excellent introduction to the series.

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