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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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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Good Film, 28 February 2008
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Return of Masseur Ichi, The (1962)

*** (out of 4)

Blind masseur Zatoichi (Shintaro Katsu) discovers the weakness of a lord and must fight off various assassins who fear he will give away that secret. This was a pretty interesting samurai film from director Kazuo Mori, which relies a lot on fantasy but most of all is just all action and nice swordplay. Katsu makes for a wonderful lead and the supporting roles are filled nicely. The cinematography stretched out the full 2.35:1 looks incredibly sharp and the fights are well staged even though I have a somewhat hard time seeing a blind person doing all that.

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