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Zatoichi at Large (1972)
"Zatôichi goyô-tabi" (original title)

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On the road, Zatoichi meets a dying pregnant woman and delivers the child moments before she passes. Honor bound, he sets out to find the next-of-kin who he discovers have their own problems.

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Credited cast:
Shintarô Katsu ...
Rentarô Mikuni ...
Boss Tetsugoro
Hisaya Morishige ...
Constable Tobei
Etsushi Takahashi ...
Denjuro
Naoko Ôtani ...
Yae
Osamu Sakai ...
Seiji
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katsutoshi Akiyama
Shôki Fukae
Tsutomu Hashimoto
Renji Ishibashi ...
Gunroku
Keizô Kanie
Jun Katsumura ...
Rowdy horse puller
Kazuo Mortuchi
Shintarô Nanjô
Ken K. Okamoto
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Blind masseur and master swordsman Zatoichi finds a robbed and fatally wounded pregnant woman, whose baby he delivers before she dies. He takes the baby in search of its father and finds the child's aunt, who is about to be forced into prostitution for want of a payment the dead mother was bringing. Zatoichi determines to save the woman from her fate. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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12 December 2008 | by (NYC, NY) – See all my reviews

Anyone giving Shintaru Katsu's Zatoichi (the original) anything less than 10 stars is ... well, let's just say you have to be a very special person to not like this: 1) incredible amount, 2) of consistent, 3) high-quality, 4) fast paced, 5) action packed, 6) character filled, 7) solid plot line entertainment.

You will not get better than this ever again. I own no DVDs but this one (the Collector's edition) I may buy.

I was a scifi fan, but since Hollywood doesn't make good scifi's anymore {a real scifi is the original The Thing, and Forbidden Planet, and The Day the Earth Stood Still. Today they make them all horror pictures (Alien) or feely-touchy soap operas (any Star Trek other than TOS)} that I had to look for something else. Japanese, note Japanese, samurai movies are just so solidly based. Korisawa is the top of the Japanese directors, but Zatoichi is the best of the best. BTW, I use to think that Korisawa's The Seven Samurai was the best samurai movie ever, but I have to finally admit, Zatoichi is better.

10+/10.


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