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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
Tsuchitaro 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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Also Known As:
"The Tale of Zatoichi Continues" - USA (alternative title)
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72 min
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Zatoichi is a blind masseur with real talent for swordplay!, 20 April 2001
Author: The_RaBBiT

I love samurai movies, but the Zatoichi series takes a period of lawlessness and violence in Japan from the lofty realm of the Samurai nobility down to the ranks of the common people. They are great "slice of life" dramas about what life was like for a man who seems to have a devastating handicap during a time of turmoil which is very much like the wild, wild West in American culture. The offset to Zatoichi's handicap (his blindness) is that he is blessed with incredible perceptive abilities which include a level of swordsmanship that seems to surpass even Musashi Miyamoto's legendary skills. The time period appears to be several hundred years after Musashi lived in the 1500's, otherwise Zatoichi might have found his match - for no one else in Japan, no matter how many adversaries attack him simultaneously, can prevail over the blind master's incredible swordplay.

I like this movie because it shows the fencing style in great detail, and the viewer can truly appreciate Zatoichi's martial arts abilities. The story is also interesting, as it reveals some of the mysterious masseur's family background. This is the best movie in the series to see first because Zatoichi is very young in this story, and several of the events help explain events in later episodes.

There's a great deal of humor underlying the action, and Shintaro Katsu does an excellent job of portraying this quirky, noble, and ultimately very appealing character.

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