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3 April 1965 (Japan) See more »
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After Zatoichi learns of his sensei's murder he uncovers a horrible conspiracy involving the local government and crime family. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Shintarô Katsu ... Zatôichi / Ichi, a zatô in the Tôdô-za (guild for the blind)
Norihei Miki ... Denroku the Weasel
Mikiko Tsubouchi ... Sayo
Takeshi Katô ... Koheita Kadokura
Fujio Harumoto ... Intendant Isoda
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
San'emon Arashi ... Hikonoichi
Jun Katsumura ... Tatsugoro yakuza
Gen Kimura ... Inspector Jingo Odate
Sachiko Kobayashi ... Tsuru
Sônosuke Sawamura ... Boss Tatsugoro
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Directed by
Akira Inoue 
 
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Minoru Inuzuka 
Kan Shimozawa  story

Original Music by
Akira Ifukube 
 
Cinematography by
Fujio Morita 
 
Film Editing by
Hiroshi Yamada 
 
Production Design by
Yoshinobu Nishioka 
 

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Also Known As:
"Zatôichi nidan-kiri" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
84 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Followed by Zatoichi sakate giri (1965)See more »

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27 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A very disturbing Zatoichi movie, 4 May 2002
Author: panicwatcher from Arden Hills, Minnesota, USA

Most Zatoichi movies are like simple fables where the underdog stumbles into a problem and uses his sword to defeat the almost cartoonish villains and make things wonderful again. The stories are unbelievable, but the movies are enjoyable because Shintaro Katsu brings so much humility and charm to his role.

This film is much different from the other Zatoichi films that I have seen. Through deceit, murder, and trickery the village leaders have forced villagers to incur debts they are unable to repay in any way except to put their daughters to work in the brothel. The brothel is owned by the village leaders. If the daughters attempt to escape or do not cooperate they are beaten, locked in a storehouse and starved. The movie graphically depicts the abuse in the brothel. There is a very disturbing scene where Zatoichi is giving a brothel customer a massage and in the background you can hear the screams of a reluctant new girl being beaten.

Zatoichi gets involved in this situation when he goes to visit his old teacher and discovers that the teacher had been killed and the teacher's daughter had to work at the brothel to repay the teacher's debt.

The corruption in the village goes very deep and affects many people. The more trouble the corrupt leaders get into, the more they plot killing and framing people for the killings. The corrupt leaders are able to get honorable men to do almost anything to keep or get their daughters out of the brothel. This rampant corruption makes it impossible for Zatoichi to trust anyone fully. To fix the problem, Zatoichi seems to have to fight an entire army. When the movie ends, you wonder if there are any able bodied men left alive in the village or if Zatoichi has killed them all.

If you are looking for a typical light Zatoichi movie, you will not like this one. If you are looking for a dark, powerful, thought provoking move, this is the one.

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