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12 August 1970 (Japan) See more »
A legendary figure in Japan is Zatoichi - the blind masseur with healing hands and a swift sword.
Cowritten by star Shintaro Katsu, this adventure pits Zatoichi against one of his most diabolical foes:... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Shintarô Katsu ... Zatoichi
Reiko Ôhara ... Kiyo
Pîtâ ... Umeji
Kazuko Yoshiyuki ... Wife
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 ... Boss Men
Kenzo Tatake ... Wealthy Mistress Auction Buyer
Yoshio Yoshida ... Mistress of Auction Yakuza Boss
Eizô Kitamura
Osamu Ôkawa ... Yakuza Boss
Akira Shimizu ... Merchant with Business Burning Down
Takumi Shinjo ... Yakuza Boss
Akane Kawasaki
Teruko Ômi ... Bath House Manager
Yasuhiro Mizukami ... Yakuza Boss
Yoshitarô Asawaka
Ryûtarô Gomi ... Yakuza Boss
Yûji Hamada
Kazue Tamaki
Yukio Horikita ... Kuroko Yakuza
Takuya Kitano ... Egg Merchant
Gen Kuroki
Shingo Ibuki
Kanae Kobayashi ... Egg Merchant
Jun Katsumura ... Yamikubo Yakuza
Junjiro Niizeki
Masaji Nunome
Jun Satomi
Akira Nitta
Kazuko Taniguchi
Tadashi Takadera
Yutaka Miki

Masayuki Mori ... Dark Lord Yamikubo

Tatsuya Nakadai ... Ronin (as Tatsuya Nakayo)

Directed by
Kenji Misumi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shintarô Katsu 
Kan Shimozawa  story

Produced by
Shintarô Katsu .... producer
Hiroyoshi Nishioka .... assistant producer
Original Music by
Isao Tomita 
Cinematography by
Kazuo Miyagawa 
Film Editing by
Toshio Taniguchi 
Production Design by
Yoshinobu Nishioka 
Art Direction by
Yoshinobu Nishioka 
Costume Design by
Yoshio Ueno 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Toshiaki Kunihara .... assistant director
Sound Department
Masao Ôsumi .... sound engineer

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Also Known As:
"Zatôichi abare-himatsuri" - Japan (original title)
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96 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Wow! Tatsuya Nakadai in Zatoichi, 27 July 2004
Author: gkbazalo from Scottsdale, AZ

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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