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Crimson Bat, the Blind Swordswoman (1969)
"Mekura no oichi monogatari: Makkana nagaradori" (original title)

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A young blind girl is abandoned by her mother. When her guardian is killed, she learns to wield a sword from a traveling "Ronin". She travels to seek her mother and her revenge.

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Credited cast:
Yôko Matsuyama ...
Chizuko Arai ...
Omon
Jun Tatara ...
Nihei
Shin'ichi Yanagisawa
Akitake Kôno ...
Yasuke
Misako Tominaga
Bin Amatsu ...
Denzô
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Isamu Nagato ...
Jûbê
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A young blind girl is abandoned by her mother. When her guardian is killed, she learns to wield a sword from a traveling "Ronin". She travels to seek her mother and her revenge.

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30 July 1969 (USA)  »

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Blind Oichi Story: Red Bird of Flight  »

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She's No Zatoichi
11 January 2003 | by (Manassas, Va) – See all my reviews

Okay, it you compete with the well-paced and well-directed Zatoichi movies, you will be compared to them. Crimson Bat doesn't hold a candle to Zatoichi; however, the movie that I just saw (the first of the Crimson Bat series) was not bad. Yoko Matsuyama's character is mostly set on revenge and that puts it into the class of mundane samurai movies. Zatoichi had a zen pace to it...a series of things that happened.

Oichi, the blind swordswoman, has a face as expressionless as a china doll. One could do a lot with such a face, as in Kurasawa's Throne of Blood. Sadly, it ended up as an average sword-fighting movie, well worth watching, but not really worth a repeat viewing...


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