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Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)

Zatôichi abare-himatsuri (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Adventure, Action | 12 August 1970 (Japan)
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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Shintarô Katsu ...
Reiko Ôhara ...
Kiyo
Pîtâ ...
Umeji
Kazuko Yoshiyuki ...
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Kô Nishimura ...
Migi
Ryûnosuke Kaneda ...
Boss Kuroko
Kunie Tanaka ...
Packhorse Driver
Osami Nabe ...
Mistress Auctioneer
Jun Nagasawa ...
Egg Slinging Kuroko Yakuza
Utae Shôji ...
Teahouse Owning Wife
Reiji Shoji ...
Teahouse Owning Husband
Yôsuke Kondô ...
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Kenzo Tatake ...
Wealthy Mistress Auction Buyer
Yoshio Yoshida ...
Mistress of Auction Yakuza Boss
Eizô 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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Follows Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman's Pilgrimage (1966) See more »

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Wow! Tatsuya Nakadai in Zatoichi
27 July 2004 | by (Scottsdale, AZ) – See all my reviews

I couldn't believe it when I saw Tatsuya Nakadai (Yojimbo, Sanjuro, Harakiri, High and Low, Ran, etc,etc) pop up in this Zatoichi episode as a crazed, jilted husband out for revenge on almost everyone, including Zatoichi. I noticed the credits had a variation of his name (Nakayo, I think it was). We also have Masayuki Mori (Rashomon, The Idiot, etc) as the mandatory evil boss. Only this time, the evil boss is an evil SUPERBOSS, he's blind (and therefore obviously much more dangerous) and resembles Fritz Lang's Dr. Mabuse. We also have a great humorous side story with Peter (the blind younger brother in Ran) playing an effeminate pimp who tries to seduce and kill Zatoichi --a riot--in order to enter the local yakuza gang. There's also a very funny scene with two roadhouse employees that had me laughing out loud. The cast, characters and plot really set this one above many of the Zatoichi's, including the one Katsu did with Toshiro Mifune (Zatoichi vs. Yojimbo). The film is directed by Kenji Misumi, who directed some of the best Zatoichi films as well as several of the Lone Wolf and Cub series. An absolute must-see for Zatoichi fans and highly recommended for sumarai movie fans. As a Zatoichi movie, 11 out of 10, as a samurai movie or on any other basis, 9 of 10.


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