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Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967)

Zatôichi rôyaburi (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 12 August 1967 (Japan)
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.

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Satsuo Yamamoto
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shintarô Katsu ... Zatoichi
Rentarô Mikuni Rentarô Mikuni ... Asagoro
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura ... Kyushiro Suga (as Akira Nishimura)
Yûko Hamada Yûko Hamada ... Oshino (as Yuko Hamada)
Kenjirô Ishiyama Kenjirô Ishiyama ... Tatsugoro
Toshiyuki Hosokawa Toshiyuki Hosokawa ... Nisaburo
Takuya Fujioka Takuya Fujioka ... Zato Sanji
Mizuho Suzuki Mizuho Suzuki ... Shusui Ohara
Tatsuo Endô Tatsuo Endô ... Boss Tomizo
Kayo Mikimoto Kayo Mikimoto ... Oyuki
Tatsuo Matsushita Tatsuo Matsushita ... Yamagen
Ryoichi Tamagawa Ryoichi Tamagawa
Rokku Furukawa Rokku Furukawa ... Zato Kinsaku
Keisuke Ootori Keisuke Ootori ... Zato Jinsuke (as Keisuke Otori)
Utako Kyô Utako Kyô ... Big Mouth Woman
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Storyline

Zatoichi arrives in a town where a gambling house is kidnapping its poor, debt-ridden patrons. A rival establishment moves to pay those debts and free the peasants, but this house's seemingly altruistic boss is actually laying the groundwork for a ruthless money-grabbing scheme. The sixteenth Zatoichi film is the first from its star's own Katsu Productions, and is one of the series' most daring. Written by Anonymous

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The final and most savage installment of the series.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

12 August 1967 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Zatoichi Breaks Jail See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The first Zatôichi film produced by Katsu Productions (Shintarô Katsu's own company). See more »

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Follows Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965) See more »

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First disappointing film in Zatoichi series
26 February 2005 | by dana6-1See all my reviews

I agree with most if not all of the previous commenter's Tom (bighouseaz@yahoo.com). The Zatoichi series is a great character study combined with great sword fighting and excitement.

I have seen Zatoichi 1-13,15,16; I believe 14 has not been released on Zone 1 (usa). Zatoichi the Outlaw was disappointing. The story line was complicated, and seemed to be a hodgepodge of many previous Zatoichi story lines. At one point, I was wondering if I was not seeing a remake of a previous Zatoichi film.

This film was disappointing because it started to depend on effects (a head rolling, limbs severed, blood) and less on the nobility of the Zatoichi character. All the previous films succeeded based on the storyline and action, and won a great following without having to resort to effects.

I am just hoping that the remaining Zatoichi films do NOT follow the same trend. This is the first Zatoichi film from his studio. I highly recommend all the previous Zatoichi films -- and recommend them.


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