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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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3 January 1967 (Japan)  »

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Zatoichi changes his ways
3 February 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

This is a fairly sedate but still interesting entry in the series. Zatoichi discovers that his trusty blade is about to break, and he decides to settle down as a domestic servant rather than risk losing his life and his sword. Naturally a spanner is thrown in the works by another naughty warlord, and complications ensue.


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