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Release Date:
3 January 1967 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Takes a long time to get going See more (9 total) »

Cast

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Shintarô Katsu ... Zatoichi
Shiho Fujimura ... Oshizu
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
Gen Kimura ... Hanzo the dice player
Sachio Horikita ... Mosuke
Kimiko Tachibana ... Otane

Directed by
Kimiyoshi Yasuda 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ryôzô Kasahara 
Kan Shimozawa  story

Produced by
Ikuo Kubodera .... producer
Masaichi Nagata .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ichirô Saitô 
 
Cinematography by
Senkichiro Takeda 
 
Film Editing by
Toshio Taniguchi 
 
Art Direction by
Yoshinobu Nishioka 
 
Sound Department
Masao Oosumi .... sound recordist
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Zatoichi tekka tabi" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
93 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Followed by Zatoichi in Desperation (1972)See more »

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Takes a long time to get going, 26 May 2003
Author: Brian Ellis from Chantilly, VA

In the beginning of this installment of the Zatoichi series, Zatoichi comes across a dying man, who only gives his name, before he dies. Zatoichi then accidentally kills a raven, which he says is a bad omen for things to come. Unfortunately, almost an hour of the movie goes by before these events are revisited. What the viewer sees in the meantime is a lot of plot about how Zatoichi is weary of his lifestyle and that his cane sword's useful life is coming to an end (the cane sword is not a walking cane with a mini blade hidden at the end, like the westerner that I am thought it would be, it is just a walking stick that serves as a sheath for the sword). Once all that is done, then the typical Zatoichi film begins. There is a town in fear of an evil mob boss (who is more fleshed out than in the other films), a young woman in trouble and a huge battle at the end which features a nifty scene with a barrel. The last 40 minutes of this film rank up there with the best of the other Zatoichi films but it's the hour before that sinks this film.

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