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Zatoichi's Vengeance (1966)
"Zatoichi no uta ga kikoeru" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  3 May 1966 (Japan)
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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.

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Credited cast:
Shintarô Katsu ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shigeru Amachi ...
Genpachiro Kuroda
Jun Hamamura ...
Blind Biwa Priest
Gen Kimura ...
Tamekichi
Kanae Kobayashi ...
Tamekichi's mother
Koichi Mizuhara ...
Joshuya
Mayumi Ogawa ...
Cho / Shino
Kei Satô ...
Boss Gonzo
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Zatoichi comes upon a dying man who asks him to give a bag of money to "Taichi". Zatoichi has no idea who this is but when he comes upon a small town harassed by gangsters, he finds that "Taichi" was the man's young son. Along his travels he also met a blind monk who makes Zatoichi question his murderous lifestyle. In trying to help the town, Zatoichi kills some gangsters and becomes a hero to the boy. He must make a choice of whether to use non-violence and set a good example, or violence and set the boy on the wrong path in life. Written by Fred Cabral <ftcabral@hotmail.com>

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Drama

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3 May 1966 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Zatoichi #13: Zatoichi's Vengeance  »

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Zatoichi soul searching
1 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This entry in the series begins with a hilarious scene wherein a Zatoichi suffering from a cold is surrounded by a gang of thugs. The usual occurs and the coup de grâce is delivered with a sneeze!

But the most interesting character in the film is the traveling, blind, pipa-playing priest. The priest is uncommonly wise and quickly takes the measure of Zatoichi. Zatoichi is pronounced to be a 'chuto hampa', belonging neither to common folk who look down upon him as a cripple, nor to the blind community because of his extraordinary abilities. This explains Zatoichi's loneliness, which is a common theme throughout the series. The priest extols Zatoichi to put away the sword. And Zatoichi does at one point, enjoying a meal in the forest with the blind priest, carrying a normal cane. Zatoichi's samurai rival draws near, and Zatoichi confesses that he is afraid.

True, in the end there is no catharsis. The film concludes with the normal string of confrontations with gang members and a showdown with the samurai. Still, there is a level of feeling and introspection in this film that continues on into the next film in the series. This compelling blend of humor, human struggle, and violence is sure to please a wide audience.


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