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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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one of the best Zatoichi films See more (6 total) »


  (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
Kôichi 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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Additional Details

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 »
Movie Connections:
Followed by Zatoichi's Revenge (1965)See more »


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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
one of the best Zatoichi films, 30 June 2005
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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