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Adventures of Zatoichi -- The blind swordsman wanders into a town to celebrate the New Year. There, he befriends a young woman whose father has gone missing; as he tries to help her find him, he becomes entangled in a web of corruption and a series of tragic twists of fate.


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Release Date:
30 December 1964 (Japan) See more »
The blind swordsman tries to locate a girl's missing father. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Shintarô Katsu ... Zatoichi
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

Directed by
Kimiyoshi Yasuda 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shôzaburô Asai 
Kan Shimozawa  story

Original Music by
Taichirô Kosugi 
Cinematography by
Shôzô Honda 

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Also Known As:
"Zatoichi sekisho yaburi" - Japan (original title)
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86 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Continuity: Throughout the film, Zatoichi's hair length and the darkness around his eyes changes from scene to scene or sometimes within the same scene.See more »
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What's up with the generic titles to the Zatoichi movies?, 12 October 2015
Author: jasonbourneagain from United States

This is the ninth in the series of Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman movies and I am sick of the generic titles. This one could've been titled Zatoichi's New Year instead. However, that wouldn't be right either. The new year is supposed to be promising and a time of celebration. This one is a let down and ends on a down note. It's not a good movie to watch for the new year.

Zatoichi himself is upbeat in the beginning and wants to see the sunrise from Mt. Myogi for the new year. The local entertainers and merchants are upbeat about putting on a festival and making money.

However, their optimism is soon doused by the local yakuza gang who brings a proclamation of exorbitant taxes by the corrupt tax official. They will barely make enough to survive, so some think of pulling out. Then Zatoichi is fortunate to be put up with three nice women in their room. He meets a lovely maiden who is looking for her father. Another is trying to protect her brother who got involved with the local gang and was set up as the patsy. Zatoichi is his usual self -- drinking sake, eating, gambling, giving massages, being humble and fighting and killing most of the bad guys.

He later meets the town drunk who is crafty and tells him a tale to remind him of his own father. Could this old man be Zatoichi's long lost father? This story builds drama with interesting characters and a big cast, and it pulls you in, but I was expecting a much better ending. There's no payoff at the end despite Zatoichi seeing the sunrise as there are just too many unresolved emotions and loose ends.

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