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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's Vengeance (1966)See more »


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Hyperdrive Mode, 19 January 2014
Author: kurosawakira

Never mind the first film to take its time in introducing the character to us, of which I am glad that it didn't rush. Now that we and the others in the film "know" him ( although part of the fun is that nobody is really able to know him and his skill really) the film goes to hyperdrive mode straightaway.

It's fascinating to see this in retrospect, knowing it is a long franchise, and trying to map out the development and where the film and its success came from. Inthink the first film is strong because it takes its time in creating its own universe, simply so that the sequels don't have to work so hard in setting things up. It's nice, and so is the self-reference it allows both in humour and mythology, but the films quickly morph into each other. It doesn't seem to be a problem here, since aren't all series all about working for or against the set rules and archetypes in the previous films?

Anyway, I think the two films have very well set up Zatoichi's blindness as a metaphor, yet it's the first film that's more ambitiously conceived. In this respect these two first films are like "Yojimbo" and "Sanjuro", Kurosawa's duology. The last shot of this film, however, is one of the coolest film moments I know of. Seriously. That last five seconds.

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