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Zatoichi's Cane-sword (1967)
"Zatoichi tekka tabi" (original title)

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Zatoichi, while fighting off the usual group of gangsters, meets the apprentice of the swordsman who created his blade, who relays bad news about the sword.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shintarô Katsu ...
Shiho Fujimura ...
Yoshihiko Aoyama ...
Seikichi
Makoto Fujita ...
Umazo
Kiyoko Suizenji ...
Oharu
Eijirô Tôno ...
Senzo
Masumi Harukawa ...
Oryu
Masako Aboshi ...
Omatsu the maid
Junichiro Yamashita ...
Shinnosuke
Ryûtarô Gomi ...
Ronin
Fujio Suga ...
Seisuke Kuwayama
Tatsuo Endô ...
Iwagoro
Ryûji Kita ...
Genbei Shimotsukeya
Eigorô Onoe ...
Zato
Yûsaku Terajima ...
Noodle Shop Owner
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Zatoichi comes upon the town of Tonda, overrun by gangsters. Using one of his favorite techniques, Zatoichi proceeds to win 8 ryo in a rigged gambling game. Of course, the local gangsters attempt to kill him, and the adventure begins. It turns out a blacksmith named Senzo examines Zatoichi's cane sword, and discovers it to be forged by his old mentor. Senzo discovers the sword is at the end of its usefulness and will break when it is used next.... Written by Matt Hartley (int1)

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Eijirô Tono makes this one of the series best
24 July 2004 | by (Scottsdale, AZ) – See all my reviews

This is the 15th Zatoichi installment and one of the best in my opinion. The color cinematography is beautiful, especially a scene where Zatoichi approaches his adversaries at night in falling snow. Eijirô Tono (the innkeeper in Yojimbo who befriends Mifune) does a great job as Senzo the swordmaker, who it turns out was the maker of Zatoichi's sword. The plot is typical Zatoichi but the characters are better drawn than usual. The swordplay seems better than usual as well. There is also a little more humor and its very well done. Instead of the mysterious stranger who Zatoichi always has to fight after he wipes out all the evil Yakuza bosses and corrupt government officials, there is a comical gambler character who challenges Zatoichi to a dice "dual". Highly recommended for Zatoichi fans.


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