Blind masseur Zatôichi travels from town to town gambling, drinking, and fighting off the local gangs.
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Zatoichi returns to his home village for the first time in over ten years to find much has changed and that corruption abounds.

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Zatoichi promises to deliver a maiden safely home but finds two dangerous gangs have a mysterious interest in the young girl.

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The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur who also happens to be a master swordsman.

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A yakuza gang targets the blind masseur Zatoichi after he defeats their group in a wrestling match. Meanwhile a long lost love of Zatoichi's returns to his life.

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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When Zatoichi witnesses the murder of a young mother he promises to deliver the baby to the father. Along the way he gains the help of a reluctant criminal.

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After Zatoichi learns of his sensei's murder he uncovers a horrible conspiracy involving the local government and crime family.

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Zatoichi runs afoul of some evil fugitives, working for a corrupt law official.

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Zatoichi is tricked by a crime gang into killing a man. Realizing his mistake, he sets out to protect the dead man's sister, who is conflicted in accepting his help.

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Zatoichi's trek through 88 temples to atone for his violent past is interrupted as he stumbles into a village terrorized by a violent yakuza boss.

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro
Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Michiyo Ohkusu, Kunie Tanaka
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Blind masseur Zatôichi travels from town to town gambling, drinking, and fighting off the local gangs.

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His direction of the episode "The Kannon Statue That Was Tied" was the final directing job for Kenji Misumi. It was also the only episode of this television series that he directed. He was the director of the original Zatoichi feature film "Zatoichi Monogatari" (1962). He died the following year at the age of 54. See more »

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101 Variations of Zatoichi
13 May 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

You know what to expect of these stories in this series. Zatoichi travels to a new town. Zatoichi encounters thugs and criminals and acknowledging the harm these characters are causing they are eliminated. Occasionally, Zatoichi performs some other kind duty for the community, family or an individual. Such acts raise the stories up above mere routine drama without merit for those who like the genre. That, as well as the fantastic performances given by Shintaro Katsu gambling,drinking and displaying an appreciation of the fairer sex. Importantly, Katsu is always surrounded by an excellent supporting cast, it is not his show alone.

Sometimes sadly, Zatoichi kills honourable men like himself that he encounters due to unfortunate circumstances. Zatoichi is a killing machine and other honourable men, but also often flawed in some way, must die.

In 'The Heartless Man, Touched By Compassion' there is a particularly sad outcome, it is very difficult to watch Zatoichi observing the blind woman leaving town alone without her brother, and without the hope of a cure for her blindness. However, on further reflection the blind woman's tragic departure highlights exactly the harsh moral of the story.


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