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Release Date:
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 (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
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 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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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
No butts no glory!, 11 March 2005
Author: Tom (bighouseaz) from United States

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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