Zatoichi Movie Series

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A list of the Zatoichi films in chronological order.

Does not include remakes and other similarly related films, just the original film series.

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1. The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Masayo Banri, Ryûzô Shimada, Hajime Mitamura

Votes: 4,277

2. The Tale of Zatoichi Continues (1962)

Not Rated | 72 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The blind masseur and swordsman, Zatoichi, learns of a powerful political figure's secret and is quickly tailed by a group of killers.

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yaeko Mizutani, Masayo Banri, Tomisaburô Wakayama

Votes: 1,919

3. New Tale of Zatoichi (1963)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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.

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Mikiko Tsubouchi, Seizaburô Kawazu, Fujio Suga

Votes: 1,571

4. Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

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.

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Miwa Takada, Masayo Banri, Jun'ichirô Narita

Votes: 1,363

5. Zatoichi on the Road (1963)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Shiho Fujimura, Ryûzô Shimada, Reiko Fujiwara

Votes: 1,363

6. Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (1964)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Zatoichi is mistaken for a thief. To clear his name he must find and defeat the real villain.

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Shôgo Shimada, Mikiko Tsubouchi, Machiko Hasegawa

Votes: 1,244

7. Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

After being wounded in a fight, Zatoichi is nursed to health by a young woman and her father. Now indebted to the family, he works to protect their ferry business from local thugs.

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Tatsuo Endô, Takashi Etajima, Ryûtarô Gomi

Votes: 1,160

8. Fight, Zatoichi, Fight (1964)

Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Saburô Date, Kôji Fujiyama, Tatsuya Ishiguro

Votes: 1,294

9. Adventures of Zatoichi (1964)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The blind swordsman tries to locate a girl's missing father.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Miwa Takada, Eiko Taki, Kichijirô Ueda

Votes: 1,020

10. Zatoichi's Revenge (1965)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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

Director: Akira Inoue | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Norihei Miki, Mikiko Tsubouchi, Takeshi Katô

Votes: 1,024

11. Zatoichi and the Doomed Man (1965)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Kanbi Fujiyama, Eiko Taki, Masako Akeboshi

Votes: 916

12. Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965)

Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A samurai with a high skill in chess makes friends with Zatoichi, who finds that things become peculiar in his presence.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Mikio Narita, Chizu Hayashi, Kaneko Iwasaki

Votes: 1,097

13. Zatoichi's Vengeance (1966)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Promising to make a delivery for a dying man, the blind swordsman Zatoichi comes across the usual crime gangs but also meets a blind monk who brings into question his use of violence.

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Shigeru Amachi, Jun Hamamura, Gen Kimura

Votes: 840

14. Zatoichi's Pilgrimage (1966)

Not Rated | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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 Yasuda, Kunie Tanaka, Hisashi Igawa

Votes: 756

15. Zatoichi's Cane Sword (1967)

Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Shiho Fujimura, Yoshihiko Aoyama, Makoto Fujita

Votes: 928

16. Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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, Yûko Hamada

Votes: 933

17. Zatoichi Challenged (1967)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

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.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Jûshirô Konoe, Miwa Takada, Yukiji Asaoka

Votes: 1,018

18. Zatoichi and the Fugitives (1968)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

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

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Kayo Mikimoto, Kyôsuke Machida, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 874

19. Samaritan Zatoichi (1968)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

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.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yoshiko Mita, Makoto Satô, Kô Nishimura

Votes: 878

20. Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

Zatoichi tries to unrest the mob rule over a small village all while the gang leader's bodyguard is actually the Yojimbo, secretly taking the gang down from the inside. Will the two heroes realize in time that they are on the same side?

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Shintarô Katsu, Ayako Wakao, Osamu Takizawa

Votes: 2,124

21. Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

Zatoichi meets an infamous blind leader of a gangster organization as he contends with a gloomy ronin widower.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Reiko Ôhara, Pîtâ, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Votes: 1,041

22. Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman (1971)

Not Rated | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Two of Japan and China's greatest heroic swordsman find themselves caught in a plot to protect a young child. But will national distrust and simple misunderstanding keep the two kindred spirits apart?

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Jimmy Wang Yu, Watako Hamaki, Michie Terada

Votes: 1,263

23. Zatoichi at Large (1972)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

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.

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Rentarô Mikuni, Hisaya Morishige, Etsushi Takahashi

Votes: 737

24. Zatoichi in Desperation (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

After accidentally causing an old lady's death, Zatoichi seeks out her daughter to atone for the tragedy, consequently getting into all sorts of trouble.

Director: Shintarô Katsu | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Kiwako Taichi, Kyoko Yoshizawa, Yasuhiro Koume

Votes: 760

25. Zatoichi's Conspiracy (1973)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Drama

Zatoichi returns to his home village for the first time in over ten years to find much has changed and that corruption abounds.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yukiyo Toake, Eiji Okada, Kei Satô

Votes: 723

26. The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)

R | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

75 Metascore

The blind masseur/swordsman comes to a town in control of warring gangs, and while bunking with a farming family, he meets two women with their own agenda.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Yui Natsukawa, Michiyo Yasuda

Votes: 45,332 | Gross: $0.85M



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