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Zatôichi (1989)

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Nearing the village of his sensei, Zatoichi decides to pay the teacher a visit, only to learn that he has been murdered and his daughter forced into prostitution. Ichi's investigation into ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Shintarô Katsu ...
Kanako Higuchi ...
Boss Han Bosatsu
Takanori Jinnai ...
Inspector Hanshu
Ryûtarô Gan ...
Boss Goemon (as Takehiro Okumura)
Yûya Uchida ...
Boss Akabei
Toyomi Kusano ...
Ume
Tsurutarô Kataoka ...
Tsuru
Miho Nakayama
Ken Ogata ...
Rônin / Masterless samurai
Norihei Miki ...
Zatoichi's friend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Naonori Aihara
Ryo Akashi
Buntaro Aoyanaki
Yosuke Ara
Gô Awazu ...
Kame
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Nearing the village of his sensei, Zatoichi decides to pay the teacher a visit, only to learn that he has been murdered and his daughter forced into prostitution. Ichi's investigation into these injustices uncovers a corrupt alliance between government officials and criminals, putting the blind swordsman on a bloody path of retribution in one of the series' darkest entries. Written by Anonymous

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On the morning of Monday 26 December 1988, in the movie village (eiga-mura) located in the mountains of Kanami, Ryûtarô Gan (age 24) - eldest son of Shintarô Katsu - stabbed Yukio Katô (age 34) in the neck with a katana long sword, while performing in an action scene for this film. Katô was taken unconscious to the Okayama University Hospital (Okayama Daigaku Igakubu Fuzoku-byôin), where he died as a result of massive blood loss from the neck wound. Hiroshima Prefectural Police determined that the incident was one of professional negligence causing death (gyômujô-kashitsu chishi). See more »

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Sung by Kazuko Matsumura
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Let it be.
23 August 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The positive response this film has received here on IMDb makes me think that most people didn't truly appreciate the originals, and what made them so unique and beautiful.

It seems as if Shintaro is barely acting. He has lost most of his mannerisms, and the rich facial expressions have all disappeared. The violence is obscene and the drama is lifeless. The camera work and a lot of the music is just plain awful.

I wish I hadn't seen it. I have such a deep love and respect for the originals, and the younger Shintaro's acting ability. Watching this was really painful. Please, take my advice, give this one a miss and re watch one of your old favourites instead.

Unless of course, all you watched zatoichi for was the swordplay.


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