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Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)
"Zatôichi abare-himatsuri" (original title)

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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shintarô Katsu ...
Zatoichi (as Shintaro Katsu)
Reiko Ôhara ...
Kiyo (as Reiko Ohara)
Pîtâ ...
Umeji (as Peter)
Kazuko Yoshiyuki ...
Wife
Kô Nishimura ...
Migi (as Ko Nishimura)
Ryûnosuke Kaneda ...
Boss Kuroko (as Ryunosuke Kaneda)
Kunie Tanaka ...
Packhorse Driver
Osami Nabe ...
Mistress Auctioneer
Jun Nagasawa ...
Egg Slinging Kuroko Yakuza
Utae Shoji ...
Teahouse Owning Wife
Reiji Shoji ...
Teahouse Owning Husband
Yôsuke Kondô ...
Boss Men (as Yosuke Kondo)
Kenzo Tatake ...
Wealthy Mistress Auction Buyer
Yoshio Yoshida ...
Mistress of Auction Yakuza Boss
Eizô Kitamura ...
(as Eizo Kitamura)
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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. Guest starring the legendary Tatsuya Nakadai as a ronin haunted by a traumatic past, and featuring an unforgettable nude swordfight in a bathhouse, this twenty-first entry in the series is a fan favorite. Written by Anonymous

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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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One of the best in the Zatoichi series.
27 July 2004 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Zatoichi At The Fire Festival' was the 21st entry in the popular martial arts series that starred Shintaro Katsu as the blind swordsman Zatoichi. This time around Zatoichi (who moonlights as a masseur) is present at a geisha auction. Later that night he rescues one of the sold women but she is unexpectedly murdered by a mysterious swordsman. We soon learn that he was the dead woman's husband and that he plans on killing Zatoichi because he believes that his wife slept with him. To complicate things further Zatoichi also makes an enemy of the local boss (a common occurrence in this series!), a blind man known as "the Prince Of Darkness" (played by Masayuki Mori who co-starred in Kurosawa's samurai classic 'Rashomon'), becomes a sort of mentor to a young, effeminate wanna-be pimp Umeji (played by Peter, who later appeared in Kurosawa's 'Ran'), and also falls in love with the beautiful Okiyo (Reiko Ohara). Whew! I'm a relative newcomer to these movies but I'm really loving them. Zatoichi is a fascinating character, shy and funny, but a killing machine when need be. This is one of the best in the series, and the standout scenes are a hilarious attempted seduction of Zatoichi by Umeji, and a killer nude fight sequence in a bathhouse. If Beat Takeshi's recent (excellent) 'Zatoichi' has whetted your appetite try some of the Katsu originals. They are immensely entertaining, and I'll bet twenty bucks that Tarantino is a BIG fan.


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