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Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman (1971)
"Shin zatô Ichi: Yabure! Tôjin-ken" (original title)

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Two of Japan and China's greatest heroic swordsman find themselves caught in a plot to protect a young child. But will national distrust and simple misunderstanding keep the two kindred spirits apart?

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Credited cast:
Shintarô Katsu ...
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Wang Kong / One-armed Swordsman
Watako Hamaki ...
Sen
Michie Terada ...
Yone
Kôji Nanbara ...
Kakuzen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tôru Abe ...
Boss Toubei
Katsutoshi Akiyama
Yûtarô Ban
Yi Chang ...
Shamo
Yûji Hamada
Tokue Hanazawa
Seishirô Hara
Tsutomu Hashimoto
Shirô Itô ...
Stooge
Tadashi Iwata
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Storyline

While traveling the Japanese countryside the blind masseur Zatoichi comes across the One Armed Swordsman, Wang Kang, who is in hiding and protecting a child from a corrupt Japanese priest and a group of yakuza. Zatoichi and Wang Kang, each from very different worlds yet heroic swordsman in their own right, at first seem to get along but a language barrier and a series of misunderstanding leads Kang to distrust Ichi. Soon the two heroes are at each other throats while each attempts to stop the true villains from taking the child. Written by Daniel Jos. Leary

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A legendary figure in Japan is Zatoichi - the blind masseur with healing hands and a swift sword.


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13 January 1971 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

The Blind Swordsman Meets His Equal  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The last Zatoichi film produced by the Daiei Motion Picture Company (which had went bankrupt). Toho Company took over the films for the rest of the decade (along with Shintarô Katsu's own Katsu Productions, which coproduced the films since 1967). See more »

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Followed by Zatôichi (1989) See more »

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Can't we all just get along?
18 February 2002 | by (Manassas, Va) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen a bad Zatoichi movie yet!

This movie has the standard lost child and yakuza; however, it also has a conflict between two forces of good. It's very frustrating for those of us who like black and white battles. It also humanizes the characters (as if Zatoichi could be more humanized).

No spoilers here. If you've enjoyed other Zatoichi's, you won't be disappointed by this one.


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