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Samaritan Zatoichi (1968)
"Zatôichi kenka-daiko" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Action, Adventure  |  28 December 1968 (Japan)
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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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a bit more complex zatoichi
22 December 1999 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

The moral quandary that both Ichi and Osode find themselves in adds a bit more dimension to this entry in the series. Ichi has done a great injustice and seeks Osode's forgiveness. The action is first rate as always but we see that Ichi has to wrestle a bit more than usual with himself about his life and his action effects on others.


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