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Zoku Zatôichi monogatari -- The Tale of Zatoichi proved so popular that a follow-up went into production the same year. Here, Zatoichi is hired to give a massage to a powerful political official who, he discovers, is mentally ill--a secret that the nobleman's retinue is determined to keep at any cost.


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16 October 1979 (USA) See more »
The blind masseur and swordsman, Zatoichi, learns of a powerful political figure's secret and is quickly tailed by a group of killers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Directed by
Kazuo Mori 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Minoru Inuzuka 
Kan Shimozawa  story

Produced by
Ikuo Kubodera .... executive producer
Original Music by
Ichirô Saitô 
Cinematography by
Shôzô Honda 
Film Editing by
Kôji Taniguchi 
Art Direction by
Seiichi Ôta 
Production Management
Minoru Ôsuga .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Akira Inoue .... assistant director
Art Department
Osamu Jô .... set designer
Sound Department
Tsuchitarô Hayashi .... sound
Noburu Kurashima .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Sadaichi Itô .... gaffer
Other crew
Shôhei Miyauchi .... martial arts director

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Tale of Zatoichi Continues" - USA (alternative title)
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72 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Quite stunning, 2 March 2002
Author: inframan from the lower depths

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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