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Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963)

Zatôichi kyôjô-tabi (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Adventure, Action | 10 August 1963 (Japan)
A yakuza gang targets the blind masseur Zatoichi after he defeats their group in a wrestling match. Meanwhile a long lost love of Zatoichi's returns to his life.

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Miwa Takada ...
Nobu
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Tane
Jun'ichirô Narita
Katsuhiko Kobayashi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tôru Abe ...
Boss Yagiri Tokyuro
San'emon Arashi
Yûji Hamada
Sumao Ishihara
Jun Katsumura ...
Wrestling yakuza
Jutarô Kitashiro ...
(as Jutarô Hôjô)
Kôichi Mizuhara ...
Boss Unosuke
Yasuhiro Mizukami ...
Boss Tamamura
Sachiko Murase ...
Maki
Hiroshi Nawa
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Storyline

Blind swordsman/masseur Ichi (known as Zatoichi, or "Masseur Ichi") angers a local yakuza gang when he defeats several of them in a wrestling match. When he finds that his long lost love Tane is nearby and romantically involved with a tough samurai in the employ of the gang, he remains in the village. Meanwhile, the young heir to the leadership is forced to confront his own fear and weakness when the gang insists he fight Ichi. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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10 August 1963 (Japan)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Last Zatoichi movie appearance for Masayo Banri. She played the character Tane three times from The Tale of Zatoichi (1962), Zoku Zatoichi monogatari (1962), and this movie. See more »

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Followed by Mang jian xue di zi (1973) See more »

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Zatoichi, mark four
19 May 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This fourth Zatoichi film in fourteen months

The recurrence of a lost love might have made for an interesting change of pace, and change of tone for this series, but that mostly takes second stage to a contrived, yet shallow, story of redemption, without much resolution.

The climactic battles are reasonably good here, but it all feels alternately a bit too choreographed, and poorly choreographed, as the innumerable thugs all seem to politely wait their turn to attack Ichi, who barely gives them a passing glance, before they fall over dead, bloodlessly, and without even so much as a tear to their clothing.

I found the sake bottle scene to be too silly of a gimmick, like the slicing of candles with his sword, as well.

Still watchable, though, but a drop in quality from the earlier installments.


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