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

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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

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 ...
Osen
Ryûtarô Gomi ...
Sashichi
Osamu Ôkawa ...
Tokuji
Rokko Toura ...
Choji
Ikkei Tamaki ...
Aburaya no Banto, the oil shop clerk
Yukio Horikita ...
Isokichi
Takeshi Date ...
Kinzo
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Storyline

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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28 December 1968 (Japan)  »

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Nice mix of drama, action, and humor
28 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have enjoyed Samaritan Zatoichi from the first viewing. If you enjoyed Zatoichi's Cane Sword, I believe you will like Samaritan Zatoichi as well.

There is a great combination of drama, action, and humor. Very early in the film, we are introduced to another traveling yakuza named Shinsuke. Shinsuke is a real lively, interesting guy and the only character in the series who is easily identifiable as a person from Kansai (Osaka region). Early on in the film we also learn that Zatoichi does not have infinite patience. Don't call him a blind bastard more than twice!

But the main attraction in this film is the complex and emotional story between Zatoichi and Sode. Zatoichi kills Sode's brother. He soon regrets the part he played in the killing and takes on a guardian role to Sode as she makes her way back to her aunt's home.

The action scenes in Samaritan Zatoichi are good, but not the best you will see in the series. Zatoichi also does more than simply running his usual scam in the gambling scene. Did you know that he also carries a pair of loaded dice? Zatoichi comes close to paying the ultimate price for such behavior, but manages to pray to the right buddha as he is all bundled up and manages to escape.

Samaritan Zatoichi is a fun journey full of twists and turns that leads to the requisite showdown with a samurai. A quick word of warning to the samurai. Zatoichi is most dangerous when he is on the ground!


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