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Zatoichi's Cane-sword (1967)

Zatoichi tekka tabi (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Adventure | 3 January 1967 (Japan)
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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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 Terashima ...
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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You can't go wrong with Zatoichi!
5 January 2006 | by (The IMDb Horror Board!) – See all my reviews

Master Ichi finds out from a friendly sword-smith that his legendary blade has a weak point and thus, will break upon his next attack. This inspires him to give it up and attempt to live life on the straight and narrow. Of course, with all the evil men lurking about and terrorizing the locals, somebody eventually has to do something. And you know who that somebody is. There's not too much action for the first hour but when it comes, it's classic Zatoichi, meaning some of it must be rewound just to enjoy it a second time. Zatoichi's Cane Sword (#15) is one of the best in the 27-film series (and has some of the best bits of humor from Zatoichi, like the whole "duck dance" scene) and as such, I'd recommend it to both fans and non-fans alike. And in case no one knew, Katsu Shintarô rocks.


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