7.1/10
1,723
15 user 26 critic

Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)

Zatôichi to Yôjinbô (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Action, Adventure | 15 January 1970 (Japan)
Zatoichi tries to unrest the mob rule over a small village all while the gang leader's bodyguard is actually the Yojimbo, secretly taking the gang down from the inside. Will the two heroes realize in time that they are on the same side?

Director:

Writers:

, (characters) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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?

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda
Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yu Wang, Watako Hamaki
Drama | Adventure | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Cowritten by star Shintaro Katsu, this adventure pits Zatoichi against one of his most diabolical foes: a blind yakuza boss whose reign of terror and exploitation has made him nearly mythic... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Misumi
Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Reiko Ôhara, Pîtâ
Drama | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Zatoichi is tricked by a crime gang into killing a man. Realizing his mistake, he sets out to protect the dead man's sister, who is conflicted in accepting his help.

Director: Kenji Misumi
Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yoshiko Mita, Makoto Satô
Drama | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Zatoichi runs afoul of some evil fugitives, working for a corrupt law official.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda
Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Kayo Mikimoto, Kyôsuke Machida
Drama | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

On the road, Zatoichi meets a dying pregnant woman and delivers the child moments before she passes. Honor bound, he sets out to find the next-of-kin who he discovers have their own problems.

Director: Kazuo Mori
Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Rentarô Mikuni, Hisaya Morishige
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Star Shintaro Katsu sits in the director's chair for this psychedelic and unremittingly bleak entry in the Zatoichi series, which is unlike any other in its grind-house grimness. A tale of ... See full summary »

Director: Shintarô Katsu
Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Kiwako Taichi, Kyoko Yoshizawa
Drama | Adventure | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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.

Director: Kenji Misumi
Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Jûshirô Konoe, Miwa Takada
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

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.

Director: Satsuo Yamamoto
Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Rentarô Mikuni, Kô Nishimura
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Zatoichi returns to his home village for the first time in over ten years to find much has changed and that corruption abounds.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda
Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yukiyo Toake, Eiji Okada
Action | Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Zatoichi, while fighting off the usual group of gangsters, meets the apprentice of the swordsman who created his blade, who relays bad news about the sword.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda
Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Shiho Fujimura, Yoshihiko Aoyama
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Promising to make a delivery for a dying man, the blind swordsman Zatoichi comes across the usual crime gangs but also meets a blind monk who brings into question his use of violence.

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka
Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Shigeru Amachi, Jun Hamamura
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Zatoichi's trek through 88 temples to atone for his violent past is interrupted as he stumbles into a village terrorized by a violent yakuza boss.

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro
Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Michiyo Ohkusu, Kunie Tanaka
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shintarô Katsu ...
Ayako Wakao ...
Umeno
Osamu Takizawa ...
Yasuke Eboshiya
Masakane Yonekura ...
Boss Masagoro (as Sakatoshi Masakane)
Shin Kishida ...
Kuzuryu
Kanjûrô Arashi ...
Hyoroku
Toshiyuki Hosokawa ...
Sanaemon Goto
Shigeru Kôyama ...
Jinzaburo Wakiya (as Shigeru Kamiyama)
Minoru Terada
Hideo Sunazuka
Daigo Kusano ...
Police Officer
Fujio Tokita ...
(as Fujio Tsuneda)
Gen Kimura
Hiroshi Tanaka
Hiroto Kimura
Edit

Storyline

With a price on his head, Ichi seeks tranquillity in a favorite village. Since his last visit, it has fallen prey to Boss Masagoro, the son of a merchant rumored to have stolen gold from the shogunate. The boss has hired Yojimbo as his hard-drinking enforcer, but Yojimbo is both a spy for the shogunate, trying to find the gold, and in love with the merchant's unwilling mistress, Umeno. Ichi hires on as the merchant's masseur and buys Umeno's freedom with his employer's own money. This embarrasses Yojimbo who withdraws from a pact with Ichi to stir up trouble between father and son and their gangs. As the two sides fight, Ichi finds the gold and sets up a final set of confrontations. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

gold | village | spy | mistress | enforcer | See All (19) »

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 January 1970 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Daieicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Current prints have replaced the original Toho logo with the Daiei logo. See more »

Connections

Followed by Zatôichi monogatari (1974) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
it's good for a one-time viewing, but I'm not sure if I'd rush to see it again
20 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo was good as a throwaway movie-of-the-night to watch with friends (friends who were into Zatoichi and old samurai movies), but in the sense of it being something worthy of its stature, it didn't quite deliver. A big chunk of the problem, as many of reviewers as well as author Stuart Galbraith, was Toshrio Mifune wasn't really playing the character really as he was in the Kurosawa films. In the original Yojimbo and Sanjuro, Mifune crafted a true anti-hero bad-mutha samurai, who was grungy with his scratches, but also very cunning in how he could play both sides or act a little uncouth in his manipulations. Here, one just sees him acting like a stumbling drunk, and even a little like a scummy caricature of Yojimbo. Truth be told, it's meant more for Zatoichi fans- he was a HUGE title character, as played by its star Shintaro Katsu. But the problem there as well is that there have been better Zatoichi movies (I haven't even seen many, but the few I've seen, and as repetitive as they can get, aren't shoehorned plot-wise like so). And this isn't totally to put the movie down, as a cash-in flick it does attempt at making some entertaining segments (and I do like how the two of them decide at first to combine forces, so to speak). But it's all not very memorable, as many franchises end up doing when trying to combine their vehicle-makers, except for real die-hard fans of the stars or the genre. It's even sort of lackadaisically shot and edited, in a very formulaic manner.


5 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Favorite moments richard-hayden
I liked this one snoblingoblin
Discuss Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?