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Adventures of Zatoichi (1964)
"Zatoichi sekisho yaburi" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  30 December 1964 (Japan)
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The blind swordsman tries to locate a girl's missing father.

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Credited cast:
Shintarô Katsu ...
Miwa Takada ...
Saki
Eiko Taki ...
Sen
Kichijirô Ueda ...
Boss Jinbei
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daimaru ...
Zany Entertainer
Mikijirô Hira ...
Gounosuke
Gen Kimura ...
Yakuza dice thrower
Akitake Kôno ...
Intendant Gorota Kajima
Koichi Mizuhara ...
Kamazo
Ikuko Môri ...
Hanokama
Rocket Nakata ...
Zany Entertainer
Teruko Ômi ...
Daruma maker's wife
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Blind swordsman/masseuse Zatoichi befriends a young woman looking for her father, a village leader who has disappeared. As he helps her investigate the disappearance, Zatoichi also becomes involved with another young woman who is trying to help her brother, who has murdered someone at about the same time and place as the missing man was last seen. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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one of the best Zatoichi films
30 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I love the Zatoichi movies, though I have found that because they made so many and the plots tended to blend together so often, it is hard to distinguish them apart. I would give all of them about the same score of a 7 or an 8--with a few exceptions (the return of the original in 1989 was a TERRIBLE and depressing movie, while the new Zatoichi movie starring Beat Takeshi is probably the best of any Zatoichi movies).

Of the original Zatoichi films, this is probably my second favorite film. The two women he helps and the interconnectedness of their stories make this a much better than average blind swordsman movie. Give it a watch.


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