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Samaritan Zatoichi (1968)

Zatôichi kenka-daiko (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Action, Adventure | 28 December 1968 (Japan)
Zatoichi is tricked by a crime gang into killing a man. Realizing his mistake, he sets out to protect the dead man's sister, who is conflicted in accepting his help.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shintarô Katsu ...
Yoshiko Mita ...
Osode
Makoto Satô ...
Yasaburo Kashiwazaki
Kô Nishimura ...
Sosuke Saruya
Takuya Fujioka ...
Chôchô Miyako ...
Ohaya
Akira Shimizu ...
Kumakichi
Ryoichi Tamagawa ...
Chohachi
Machiko Soga ...
Ryûtarô Gomi ...
Sashichi
Osamu Ôkawa ...
Tokuji
Rokkô Toura ...
Choji
Kazue Tamaki ...
Aburaya no Banto, the oil shop clerk
Yukio Horikita ...
Isokichi
Takeshi Date ...
Kinzo
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Zatoichi is forced to kill a young man who owes a debt to a yakuza boss. Moments later, his sister Osode arrives with the money she earned (prostituting herself) to pay his debts. The bosses true motives are revealed and he attempts to steal Osode even though the debt is paid. Zatoichi realizes his grievous error and protects the girl from the gang. Osode and Zatoichi are caught in a dilemma as she must rely on her brother's killer for protection and Zatoichi wrestles with the injustice he has caused. Written by Fred Cabral <ftcabral@hotmail.com>

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Samaritan Zatoichi (1968)
22 December 2015 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

Kenji Misumi's Samaritan Zatoichi was the last Zatoichi movie produced by Daiei Studios (before the bankruptcy), opening with a stylish title sequence with flashy colors which just scream '60s. It continues with the excellent first act, which balances humor, drama and action in an impressive fashion but the initial momentum of the film kinda slips away during the second two acts in a manner I can't quite explain, all I know is that the remainder of the film wasn't as interesting as the beginning.

This movie had the potential to become one of the best in the series, but for every good idea, there was a bad one. Zatoichi's friend is an interesting character who successfully brings some manzai humor into the film, but he appears and disappears from the storyline without rhyme or reason. Although the movie is visually accomplished with excellent cinematography, the soundtrack abandons the spaghetti western influences and returns to the melodramatic orchestral scoring. Zatoichi is shown vulnerable in this film, making bad decisions, killing the wrong people and cheating at gambling but there are unfortunately also some ridiculous scenes (like the one with the mat). The final battle with the mystery ronin is great, but there's essentially no point to that character. As a trivia fact, Ko Nishimura (from Zatoichi the Outlaw) returns as a different government official (with a similar fate).

Highlight of the film: Zatoichi giving nearby kids advice on how to catch sparrows.


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