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New Tale of Zatoichi (1963)

Shin Zatôichi monogatari (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 15 March 1963 (Japan)
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.


Tokuzô Tanaka


Minoru Inuzuka, Kan Shimozawa (story)
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Credited cast:
Shintarô Katsu ... Zatoichi
Mikiko Tsubouchi ... Yayoi
Seizaburô Kawazu ... Banno
Fujio Suga ... Yasuhiko
Mieko Kondô Mieko Kondô ... Inn keeper's wife
Chitose Maki Chitose Maki ... Tame's wife
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tatsuo Endô ... Inn keeper
Gen Kimura Gen Kimura ... Sekiya yakuza member with large mark on his face
Kanae Kobayashi Kanae Kobayashi ... Old lady going deaf
Yutaka Nakamura ... Yasuhiko's brother
Shôsaku Sugiyama ... Tengu Ronin that gets a massage


Blind masseur and master swordsman, Zatoichi, is tired of killing. He journeys to his old village looking for peace, but is pursued by the brother of Boss Kanbei, a man he's killed. Back home, Ichi connects with Banno, his teacher, who seeks prestige and has arranged for his younger sister, Yayoi, to marry into a wealthy samurai family. Ichi and Yayoi realize they are in love, but Ichi's request for her hand meets with Banno's derision. Ichi is also drawn into Banno's plot to kidnap the son of a wealthy man, ostensibly to aid the Mito Goblins, a gang of thieves on the run; but Banno wants to keep the ransom. Ichi wants harmony and love, but can he escape a destiny of violence? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The first Zatoichi movie in color. See more »


Followed by Zatoichi and the Fugitives (1968) See more »

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New Tale of Zatoichi (1963)
26 July 2015 | by mevmijaumauSee all my reviews

New Tale of Zatoichi is the first of the series to be shot in color, and the difference between this film and its two predecessors is night and day. Now you can actually say what's going on during the night-time scenes and it overall looks much prettier. It's directed by Tokuzo Tanaka, most famous for other Zatoichi films and some jidaigeki films that have gained a mini-cult following.

The story to this one is equally as generic, convoluted and simple as it is confusing. I can't really explain it, but let's just say the previous two movies had story lines that drew me in far better. Little has changed about Zatoichi, he's still on a path of redemption, avoiding violence whenever he can and dipping his toe into some unresolved conflicts from the first two films.

I really like how this film looks, especially the night scenes taking place in the house of Zatoichi's former sensei (which is bathed in beautiful shades of light yellow and dark blue) and the foggy forest from the movie's finale.

Highlight of the film: the final shot, where Zatoichi exits the forest and walks away into a new day.

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Release Date:

15 March 1963 (Japan) See more »

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Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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