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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 ...
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)


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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zatoichi | ronin | sword | samurai | sequel | See more »


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


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Release Date:

12 August 1970 (Japan)  »

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Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Followed by Zatoichi's Conspiracy (1973) See more »

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11 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This entry in the Zatoichi series is firmly planted in the 1970s and at times has an almost James Bondesque feel to it. This is especially true in the bath house scene where Zatoichi goes to enjoy a calming bath and ends up attached by scores of tattooed, naked yakuza. The music is great and the scene is frenetic and fun at the same time. Wooden buckets are used strategically and in a funny way. For veteran Zatoichi fans, notice how Zatoichi's style differs when he uses someone else's sword.

Tatsuya Nakadai does take part in Festival of Fire. He is a truly deranged and dangerous ronin. Of course it's Zatoichi's fate to meet him in the final scene.

The colors are brilliant, there's a good musical score and it's a fine blend of humor, drama, and action. This is an entry with wide appeal for chambara fans. It's campy at times, so those who love the early Zatoichi films most might feel that this film is a bit frivolous, but for the casual viewer there is much to enjoy.

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