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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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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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Goofy and creepy.
23 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As the other commenter's have said it is mostly more of the same. Also, I have to agree that the plot is a less involved than in other Zatoichis, although I don't think any of this films are very complex, so if you enjoyed the others you will probably enjoy this one. There were two things that stood out to differentiate this from earlier Zatoichis though. First, it had a few goofy/slap stick type moments, which I don't remember being very common in earlier ones. Second, when Zatoichi got angry he seemed evil and creepy. Usually he gives more of the impression that he is defending himself, but this time he was out for blood. Not the best but entertaining.


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