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Zoku Zatôichi monogatari (1962)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure | 16 October 1979 (USA)
The blind masseur and swordsman, Zatoichi, learns of a powerful political figure's secret and is quickly tailed by a group of killers.

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Shintarô Katsu ...
Yaeko Mizutani ...
Setsu (as Yoshie Mizutani)
Masayo Banri ...
Tane (as Masayo Mari)
Tomisaburô Wakayama ...
Nagisa no Yoshiro (as Jo Kenzaburo)
Yutaka Nakamura ...
Kagami no Sanzo
Sônosuke Sawamura ...
Seki no Kanbei
Shôsaku Sugiyama ...
Tamigoro
San'emon Arashi ...
Kai Yoshida
Yoshindo Yamaji ...
Yahei (as Yoshito Yamaji)
Eijirô Yanagi ...
Sukegoro Hanoka
Fujio Harumoto ...
Lord Kuroda of Echizen
Kôichi Mizuhara ...
Kanzo
Saburô Date ...
Mirosuke
Shintarô Nanjô ...
Samon Shiraishi
Shôzô Nanbu ...
Gouemon Kashiya
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Blind swordsman/masseur Zatoichi is pursued by the retainers of a lord who fear that he will reveal a secret weakness of their master. Returning to the village where a year before he had killed Hirate, a much-admired opponent, Zatoichi encounters another swordsman and former rival in love: his own brother. He must face in combat not only the pursuing retainers but his own flesh-and-blood. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Quite stunning
2 March 2002 | by (the lower depths) – See all my reviews

This movie is, I guess, the first of the very long & very excellent zato-ichi series starring the incomparable Shintaro Katsu who also starred in the shorter but every bit as impressive if quite different series: The Razor. I lived in San Francisco in the 1960s & 1970s & used to go watch these films every week at the Japanese theater in the old "Japan Town". Loved them then, love them now. This film in particular is a classic in every way: cinematographically it looks like Eisenstein - every shot a classic. The compositions, textures & tonalities are breathtakingly beautiful. Dramatically, it's every bit as gripping as Yojimbo or the best Ford westerns (e.g. Stagecoach). And finally the sword-fight choreography - None better. Terrific movie!


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