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Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman's Pilgrimage (1966)
"Zatôichi umi o wataru" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  13 August 1966 (Japan)
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Ichi seeks out on a pilgrimage to 81 temples, exploring spirituality to atone for his bloody past. On the way, Ichi stumbles into a village that's being bullied by a violent Yakuza boss and... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Shintarô Katsu ...
Michiyo Ôkusu ...
Kichi (as Michiyo Yasuda)
Kunie Tanaka ...
Man speaks a lot
Hisashi Igawa ...
Eigoro
Masao Mishima ...
Nanashino Gonbei
Jotaro Senba ...
Bokasuri
Ryûtarô Gomi ...
Jyonenbo
Isao Yamagata ...
Boss Tohachi
Saburô Date ...
Kagimatsu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yoichi Funaki
Kenshiro Hara
Yukio Horikita
Jun Katsumura ...
Tohachi yakuza
Masako Morishita ...
Little girl on boat
Manabu Morita ...
Takuji
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Ichi seeks out on a pilgrimage to 81 temples, exploring spirituality to atone for his bloody past. On the way, Ichi stumbles into a village that's being bullied by a violent Yakuza boss and his henchmen. After killing a young, hired assassin, Ichi is led back to the young man's village by his peculiar horse. Upon learning that her brother is dead, Okichi (Yasuda Michiyo) grabs a sword and attacks Ichi, either in an attempt to avenge her brother or in an attempt to commit suicide by forcing Ichi to defend himself. After injuring Ichi, Okichi tends to his wounds, nurses him back to health, and begins to have feelings for him. The Yakuza boss still wants Ichi dead in order to take over the village and now Ichi alone must deal with the boss and his gang, the young woman's feelings and a village full of cowards, who will not stand up for themselves! Written by Jesus

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Miramax purchased the U.S. rights to film #14 Zatoichi's Pilgrimage a number of years ago. Apparently, director Quentin Tarantino was interested in doing a remake of the film. Of course, not long after this, Japanese director Takeshi Kitano (also known as Beat Takeshi) created his own updated version of the series Zatoichi (not included here), which was also released to theaters and DVD in the U.S. through Miramax. Because of this, the future of Tarantino's version is uncertain. Also uncertain as a result of all this has been the fate of a U.S. DVD release of the original Zatoichi's Pilgrimage See more »

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Kichi goes swimming, apparently naked, in a lake, but she can be seen through the water wearing a swimsuit. See more »

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Followed by Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman (1971) See more »

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A twist for Zatoichi fans
22 January 2010 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

The general standard for Zatoichi films is fairly high - though you can expect the same motifs and themes from one movie to the next. Zatoichi's Pilgrimage brings the series to a new level. Our blind swordsman (Kintaro Katsu) is troubled by his violent past, and vows to visit a circuit of shrines until the gods give him an answer to his spiritual quest. This quest brings him into contact with a group of brigands who all but rule the area, and he's left with little choice but to reassess his spiritual quest.

The screenplay is especially intriguing. Zatoichi's pilgrimage begins as a sea voyage, and the water theme repeatedly makes its way into the plot. In the hope of realizing his quest, a rider- less horse follows the blind swordsman to where he's most needed - suggesting that Zatoichi may have already found his destiny. An assured storytelling makes this one of the more satisfying of the long series.


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