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

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  11 July 1964 (Japan)
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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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Zatoichi: [after trapping Yakuza Boss Yasugoro into a corner] They say when you stutter like that, you're ready to be killed.
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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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One of the best in the series
5 December 2009 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

True, Zatoichi movies follow the same general pattern from one film to the next, and they're uniformly watchable. With Zatôichi abare tako, however, the film-making is on a higher level, with a convincing balance of swordplay, drama, and genuinely amusing moments. Perhaps most satisfying of all, the plot has a few truly disconcerting twists - even from the very beginning, when Zatoichi is nearly killed.

Period details are rendered nicely, as with the primitive ferrying service, and let's not forget the sword tricks; at the very start, Zatoichi, troubled by a few flies and unable to sleep, dispatches the insects in two quick strokes. When we see the culminating "fireworks," it's perfectly integrated into the film.

This film shows enough film-making craft to put it near the top of the Zatoichi canon.


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