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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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Zatoichi
Yoshiko Mita ...
Osode
Makoto Satô ...
Yasaburo Kashiwazaki
Kô Nishimura ...
Sosuke Saruya
Takuya Fujioka ...
Shinkichi
Chôchô Miyako ...
Ohaya
Akira Shimizu ...
Kumakichi
Ryoichi Tamagawa ...
Chohachi
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Osen
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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This was the nineteenth "Zatoichi" feature film. See more »

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Follows Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman's Pilgrimage (1966) See more »

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A little different mood in this one
3 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

Here was a little glimpse into yakuza Ichi; throughout the series it is stressed that he is a yakuza; however, he behaves like a fine upstanding citizen in every other movie. In the first part of this movie, the blind massaur is one of several men sent to collect a gambling debt. It's the yakuza code...

Then, Ichi repents and takes care of the sister of his victim. I think that we see this seedy side of Ichi as a parallel to himself having to see and deal with what he has done.

This is one of the better Zatoichi movies. It broke the rules of Ichi movies EXCEPT for the woman falling in love with him. There was no child, no sword trick and no hostage rescue. I think that every series needs to break its own rules from time to time...


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