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Zatoichi sakate giri (1965)

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The blind masseur and swordsman, Zatoichi, searches for proof an imprisoned man's innocence.

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Credited cast:
Shintarô Katsu ...
Kanbi Fujiyama ...
Monk Hyakutaro
Eiko Taki ...
Yone
Masako Myojo ...
Chiyo
Kenjirô Ishiyama ...
Boss Jubei Araiso
Ryûzô Shimada ...
Yakuza boss
Koichi Mizuhara ...
Shimazo Kitase
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jun Katsumura ...
Jubei yakuza
Manabu Morita ...
Ronin enforcer
Sachiko Murase ...
Shimazo's wife
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Blind swordsman Zatoichi, jailed briefly, is implored by another prisoner to aid him in proving his innocence of a crime for which he is sentenced to death. Zatoichi is reluctant to get involved, because he knows how often such involvement has led to trouble in the past. But events conspire to thrust him repeatedly into involvement, and gradually he comes to believe in the man's innocence and determines to free him. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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18 September 1965 (Japan)  »

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Zatoichi and the Doomed Man  »

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Equal parts humor and swordplay
29 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This entry in the series is silly at times, but ends with a lengthy and bloody fighting scene.

Zatoichi befriends a charlatan on the road (Hyakutaro). Hyakutaro steals Zatoichi's name and reputation and tries to extort money from local bosses. Zatoichi isn't too pleased when he finds out about the situation, but Zatoichi eventually comes to think better of Hyakutaro. Hyakutaro has a good heart and Zatoichi encourages him to straighten up his life. There are some funny scenes throughout the film.

But in the end, Zatoichi must fight his way through a huge gang of yakuza in order to free Hyakutaro's father, who was wrongly accused of murder. The gangsters employ nets and other contraptions in order to try to take down Zatoichi, but they only succeed in further angering an already dangerous man!

I must admit that the first time I watched the film, I was not very impressed. But after a few more viewings, I have come to better appreciate the acting of both Katsu Shintaro and the actor who plays Hyakutaro.


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