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Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967)

Zatôichi rôyaburi (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 12 August 1967 (Japan)
In a town where debt-ridden peasants are being ruthlessly exploited, Zatoichi is forced to take sides between a cruel yakuza boss and his seemingly altruistic rival.

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Shintarô Katsu ...
Rentarô Mikuni ...
Asagoro
Kô Nishimura ...
Kyushiro Suga (as Akira Nishimura)
Yuko Hamada ...
Oshino
Kenjirô Ishiyama ...
Tatsugoro
Toshiyuki Hosokawa ...
Nisaburo
Takuya Fujioka ...
Zato Sanji
Mizuho Suzuki ...
Shusui Ohara
Tatsuo Endô ...
Boss Tomizo
Kayo Mikimoto ...
Oyuki
Tatsuo Matsushita ...
Yamagen
Ryoichi Tamagawa
Rokku Furukawa ...
Zato Kinsaku
Keisuke Ootori ...
Zato Jinsuke (as Keisuke Otori)
Utako Kyô ...
Big Mouth Woman
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Zatoichi arrives in a town where a gambling house is kidnapping its poor, debt-ridden patrons. A rival establishment moves to pay those debts and free the peasants, but this house's seemingly altruistic boss is actually laying the groundwork for a ruthless money-grabbing scheme. The sixteenth Zatoichi film is the first from its star's own Katsu Productions, and is one of the series' most daring. Written by Anonymous

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The final and most savage installment of the series.


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12 August 1967 (Japan)  »

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Zatoichi Breaks Jail  »

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2.35 : 1
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The first Zatôichi film produced by Katsu Productions (Shintarô Katsu's own company). See more »

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Follows Zatoichi sakate giri (1965) See more »

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Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967)
15 December 2015 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

Zatoichi the Outlaw (not really the first time he was an outlaw) is different than its predecessors for a few reasons. First, it's the only Zatoichi film directed by Satsuo Yamamoto, a director noted for his anti-authoritarian films (and indeed, there's a political side to this one as well). It also has a new screen writing staff and it's the first film produced by Shintaro Katsu's own company, Katsu Productions.

Stylistically, this movie is a bit more rough compared to its predecessors. While the pittoresque, colorful images of feudal Japan are still here, the sword-fights are bloodier. Limbs and heads are hacked off, women are raped. Zatoichi makes some truly horrible life choices that profoundly affect the lives of a nearby family, and he's never really sure whom to trust in this movie. The pacing is also unusual, making the film take place across a whole year instead of a few weeks max. Two notable actors also make an appearance; Rentaro Mikuni and Ko Nishimura.

The film's highlight: Zatoichi kills a moth by throwing a toothpick at him, the stabbed moth landing on a bad guy's face.


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