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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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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
One of the best in the Zatoichi series., 27 July 2004
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

'Zatoichi At The Fire Festival' was the 21st entry in the popular martial arts series that starred Shintaro Katsu as the blind swordsman Zatoichi. This time around Zatoichi (who moonlights as a masseur) is present at a geisha auction. Later that night he rescues one of the sold women but she is unexpectedly murdered by a mysterious swordsman. We soon learn that he was the dead woman's husband and that he plans on killing Zatoichi because he believes that his wife slept with him. To complicate things further Zatoichi also makes an enemy of the local boss (a common occurrence in this series!), a blind man known as "the Prince Of Darkness" (played by Masayuki Mori who co-starred in Kurosawa's samurai classic 'Rashomon'), becomes a sort of mentor to a young, effeminate wanna-be pimp Umeji (played by Peter, who later appeared in Kurosawa's 'Ran'), and also falls in love with the beautiful Okiyo (Reiko Ohara). Whew! I'm a relative newcomer to these movies but I'm really loving them. Zatoichi is a fascinating character, shy and funny, but a killing machine when need be. This is one of the best in the series, and the standout scenes are a hilarious attempted seduction of Zatoichi by Umeji, and a killer nude fight sequence in a bathhouse. If Beat Takeshi's recent (excellent) 'Zatoichi' has whetted your appetite try some of the Katsu originals. They are immensely entertaining, and I'll bet twenty bucks that Tarantino is a BIG fan.

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