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Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965)
"Zatoichi Jigoku tabi" (original title)

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A samurai with a high skill in chess makes friends with Zatoichi, who finds that things become peculiar in his presence.

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Credited cast:
Shintarô Katsu ...
Mikio Narita ...
Tadasu Jumonji
Chizu Hayashi ...
Enoshimeya
Kaneko Iwasaki ...
Tane
Gaku Yamamoto ...
Tomonoshin Sagawa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Saburô Date
Tatsuo Endô ...
Yakuza boss of Ejimaya
Takuya Fujioka
Kanae Kobayashi ...
Widow Tarozaemon
Fujio Suga ...
Injury prone Banyu yakuza
Rokko Toura
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Zatoichi makes friends with a dangerous chess player, while fending off angry yakuza and bloodthirsty relatives out for revenge, and trying to save a sick child. Meanwhile, his luck with dice is turning... Written by eirias <eirias@iname.com>

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24 December 1965 (Japan)  »

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Boring samurai flick
22 January 2002 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

There's little to recommend about this cheaply made samurai film. The films of this genre boast great patience, but within that patience there ought to be at least a few good samurai battles. There are only two real battles in this one. The first one has a neat setting, but it takes place during the night and it is so dark that it is difficult to see anything. The climactic battle, which is actually two consecutive battles, is very good but nothing compared to those in much more well known samurai flicks. The editing of the film is consistently poor and reduces the effectiveness of many of its scenes. This movie is only 90 minutes long, but it feels as long as The Seven Samurai. 5/10.


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