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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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Wow!, 8 November 2014
Author: Colin Christian from United States

I bought the Criterion Bluray set,one of my best purchases ever,but mostly so I could get my hands on this movie,possibly the best in the series,and in the top 10 best Chambara flicks ever. Shintaru was in charge on this,and it shows,it has everything Zatoichi fans love,gambling,comedy,some pathos,villainy and great swordsmanship,and boy,does this flick deliver the goods! If you like Samurai cinema,this one is one of the essentials,completely engaging,action entertainment of the finest sort. The director went on to direct the Lone Wolf and Cub series,so you know you are in for a good time,it has some wild imagery,furious jaw dropping swordplay and some nice crimson too! This flick ROCKS!

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