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Release Date:
12 August 1970 (Japan) See more »
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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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Cowritten by star Shintaro Katsu, this adventure pits Zatoichi against one of his most diabolical foes:... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
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)
Osamu Ôkawa ... Yakuza Boss (as Osamu Okawa)
Akira Shimizu ... Merchant with Business Burning Down
Takumi Shinjo ... Yakuza Boss
Akane Kawasaki
Teruko Ômi ... Bath House Manager
Yasuhiro Mizukami ... Yakuza Boss
Yoshitarô Asawaka (as Yoshitaro Asawaka)
Ryûtarô Gomi ... Yakuza Boss (as Ryutaro Gomi)
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 Oosumi .... sound engineer
 

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Also Known As:
"Zatôichi abare-himatsuri" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
96 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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16 out of 18 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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