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Zatôichi chikemuri kaidô (1967)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Adventure, Action  |  April 1970 (USA)
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After an artist is threatened by the yakuza into creating valuable but highly illegal pornography, the law aims to execute him. Zatoichi, having been honor bound to protect the man and his family, must now run against the law.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shintarô Katsu ...
Jûshirô Konoe ...
Tajuro Akazuka
Miwa Takada ...
Omitsu
Yukiji Asaoka ...
Tomoe
Mikiko Tsubouchi ...
Mie Nakao ...
Miyuki
Takao Ito ...
Shokichi
Asao Koike ...
Maebara of Gonzo
Midori Isomura ...
Omine
Tatsuo Matsumura ...
Tahe
Eitarô Ozawa ...
Torikoshi
Jotaro Chinami ...
Chokichi
Kôjirô Kusanagi ...
Kurisu
Kenzô Tabu ...
Kanai of Manzo
Osami Nabe ...
Dice Player Hanzo (as Osamu Nabei)
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Ichi is staying at an inn when a woman dies. Her dying wish is that Ichi take her son to his father, an artist living in a nearby town. After arriving in the town, Ichi finds out that the father has been forced by a local boss to create illegal pornography to pay off his gambling debts. Ichi makes it his mission to save tha man and reunite the family, even though it brings him into conflict with a samurai he sort of befriended on his way to the town Written by Scott Hamilton <stomptokyo.com>

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Beautiful looking series entry
10 February 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Saddled with one of the series more arcane plots, Zatoichi Challenged makes up for it by looking absolutely stunning. The colours are bright and crisp and full advantage is taken of the Panavision lens. Add in another great score from Akira Ifukube and you've got one of the best of the Zatoichi flicks.


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