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Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964)
"Zatôichi abare tako" (original title)

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After being wounded in a fight, Zatoichi is nursed to health by a young woman and her father. Now indebted to the family, he works to protect their ferry business from local thugs.

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Credited cast:
Shintarô Katsu ...
Tatsuo Endô ...
Boss Yasugoro of Takeya
Takashi Etajima
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryûtarô Gomi
Bokuzen Hidari ...
Kyubei
Jun Katsumura ...
Yasugoro yakuza
Naoko Kubo ...
Kuni
Ikuko Môri ...
Yasugora's sister
Mayumi Nagisa ...
Shizu
Yutaka Nakamura ...
Mekichi
Koh Sugita
Teruko Ômi ...
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Blind masseur Zatoichi is nursed back to health by a young woman after he is shot by a gang member. Zatoichi, who had come to the village to repay a debt, now feels further indebted. He commits himself to use his amazing sword skills to help the young woman's father, whose river-crossing service is under attack by the same gang responsible for Zatoichi's wounds. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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11 July 1964 (Japan)  »

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Zatoichi: [after trapping Yakuza Boss Yasugoro into a corner] They say when you stutter like that, you're ready to be killed.
Zatoichi: What's the matter? Aren't you going to draw?
Zatoichi: [Turns to Boss Yasugoro's men as Yasugoro stutters in fear] Your boss is trapped in a corner, and none of you have the guts to save him. Yasugoro, you sure know how to pick'em, don't you?
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Follows The Tale of Zatoichi (1962) See more »

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Disappointing Masseur Ichi
18 December 2001 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Not one of the highlights of the series, Zatoichi's Flashing Sword simply doesn't display enough of Ichi's skills. There's very little action and what there is is brief. The story itself feels padded out, even at a brisk 82 minutes, and one gets the feeling Daiei was simply trying to turn out as many films as possible to capitalise on the character's popularity. It's not bad, merely disappointing.


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