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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
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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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 Meets Yojimbo (1970)See more »


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Adventures of Zatoichi (1964), 3 August 2015
Author: mevmijaumau from Croatia

Kimiyoshi Yasuda, who directed Zatoichi #5 ("On the Road") which is my least favorite of the bunch so far, returns for #9, generically titled/translated as Adventures of Zatoichi, which turned out to be my second least favorite Zatoichi film right after #5. This isn't the last Zatoichi film directed by Yasuda either, so I hope his later efforts will be better.

With a title like Adventures of Zatoichi, you can only expect two things. Either the plot is so generic that they couldn't describe it any way else so they went with the most commonplace title possible, or this entry in the series actually has some fresh and imaginative, well, adventures, to offer. Unfortunately, the former approach is the case here. #9 just doesn't offer anything new to the table that already hasn't been explored in the series yet. Yes, we do have a fake-out concerning the where-abouts of Ichi's father, but aside from that, the only characters that make this film stand out are two comedians at the start. I also remember there were two kids in red kimonos in this movie. Yes, it didn't really stick in my memory.

The music feels too loud and intrusive in this film, and the color work is, like in #5, pretty bland with endless variations of gray hues and dark spaces. There are some interesting compositions in the final 20 minutes, but aside from that, the film looks the same as it feels, as a cookie-cutter placeholder without much to offer.

Highlight of this particular film would have to be the duel between Zatoichi and some villain in a snowy field, I think.

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