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Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (1964)
"Zatôichi senryô-kubi" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Drama  |  14 March 1964 (Japan)
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Zatoichi is mistaken for a thief. To clear his name he must find and defeat the real villain.

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Complete credited cast:
Shintarô Katsu ...
Shôgo Shimada
Mikiko Tsubouchi
Machiko Hasegawa
Tomisaburô Wakayama ...
Jushiro (as Jo Kenzaburo)
Tatsuya Ishiguro
Shinjirô Asano
Saburô Date
Hikosaburo Kataoka
Matasaburo Tamba
Toranosuke Tennoji
Koichi Mizuhara
Hiroshi Hayashi
Yûsaku Terashima
Ichirô Takakura
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Storyline

In the 1840s, Ichi, blind masseur and quick-draw swordsman, travels to the village of Itakura to pay his respects at the grave of Kichizo, a man he killed two years' ago. The villages in the area, after several years of famine, have struggled to raise 1,000 ryo in taxes they owe. The money is stolen while in transit to the governor. Ichi is accused as is Boss Chuji, a samurai Ichi respects. Ichi sets out to find the money and clear his own and Chuji's names. Along the way, he must face Kichizo's sister, some of Chuji's own gang, a corrupt governor, and his henchmen. Loyalties shift even as Ichi's moral compass stays true. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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14 March 1964 (Japan)  »

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Ichi buffs will be interested to know that Jushiro is played this film by Katsu's real-life brother, Tomisaburo Wakayama, who would later star in the Lone Wolf and Cub series of films (produced by Katsu). See more »

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A leap forward in the series
10 December 2001 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

The Zatoichi series really took off with this entry. Shintaro Katsu is, of course, outstanding in his role as the blind swordsman/masseur. What sets this one aside from the earlier entries in the series, though, is the kinetic camerawork of Kazuo Miyagawa. Utilising every inch of his Panavision frame, Miyagawa set new standards for the samurai genre, choreographing outstanding fight sequences and adding the element of gore to the recipe. For those who think widescreen mayhem began with The Wild Bunch, this is essential viewing!


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