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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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Followed by Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963)See more »


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A very worthy addition to the series, 16 October 2007
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

In the 1960s and 70s, the Japanese made about 500000 Zatoichi films (or so it seems) and I have thoroughly enjoyed them all, even though after a while they all seem to blend together in my mind. Some viewers, like me, will like the familiarity of the character and story, while I am sure others will feel like "if you've seen one you've seen them all". Regardless of your opinion, they are all well-constructed and fun to watch even if the basic premise of the greatest swordsman being totally blind is ridiculous--you just need to suspend disbelief and enjoy.

This is an early installment of the series and it's better than average because it actually has some continuity--making reference to the prior film in the series. Here, in a follow-up, you see Zatoichi pining for a long lost love and having an ultimate showdown with his main rival. Along the way, he falls afoul of a clan who is trying to kill him to keep their secret (their leader "has issues"). And, as usual, the film is filled with amazing sword fights as well as tender moments. This one won't disappoint and is one of the better Zatoichi films.

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