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Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967)
"Zatôichi rôyaburi" (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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)  »

Also Known As:

Zatoichi Breaks Jail  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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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 and the Chess Expert (1965) See more »

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If your appetite for samurai movies has been whetted by Takeshi's 'Zatoichi' or Tarantino's 'Kill Bill: Vol. 1' and 'Vol. 2', don't just stick with the Kurosawa classics, try the original Zatoichi movies.
6 July 2004 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Zatoichi The Outlaw' was I think the sixteenth(!) entry in this long running action series, regarded by many as the most entertaining and consistent one of its type. The films generally shared a similar plot device

  • the wandering blind masseuse Zatoichi (played by Shintaro Katsu,


incidentally the brother of Tomisaburo Wakayama star of the cult Lone Wolf And Cub series) enters a village being tormented by local baddies and kicks their asses, but the series managed to explore many variations of this basic theme (which is also pretty similar to Kurosawa's classic 'Yojimbo', and yes, Zatoichi did eventually "meet" Yojimbo in case you're wondering!). Katsu is perfect in the role which he really made his own. Beat Takeshi I admit was very cool as Zatoichi in his recent reworking of the character, but I'm sure even he would concede that Katsu IS Zatoichi. 'Zatoichi The Outlaw' has an interesting Leftist sub-text, and includes an intriguing character who attempts to organize the local peasants into a co-operative. If your appetite for samurai movies has been whetted by Takeshi's 'Zatoichi' or Tarantino's 'Kill Bill: Vol. 1' and 'Vol. 2', don't just stick with the Kurosawa classics, try the original Zatoichi movies. They are well made, well acted and filled with excitement and interest. I haven't seen enough of them to rate 'Zatoichi The Outlaw' overall, but it's a very entertaining film and I recommend it.


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