Blind masseur Zatôichi travels from town to town gambling, drinking, and fighting off the local gangs.
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The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur who also happens to be a master swordsman.

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After an artist is threatened by the yakuza into creating valuable but highly illegal pornography, the law aims to execute him. Zatoichi, having been honor bound to protect the man and his family, must now run against the law.

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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.

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Zatoichi, while fighting off the usual group of gangsters, meets the apprentice of the swordsman who created his blade, who relays bad news about the sword.

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Wishing to find peace, Zatoichi travels to his old village but only finds trouble when he ends up in a love triangle and finds old scores have followed him home.

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

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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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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In a town where debt-ridden peasants are being ruthlessly exploited, Zatoichi is forced to take sides between a cruel yakuza boss and his seemingly altruistic rival.

Director: Satsuo Yamamoto
Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Rentarô Mikuni, Kô Nishimura
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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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Follows Zatoichi in Desperation (1972) 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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