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Zatoichi Challenged (1967)

Zatôichi chikemuri kaidô (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Adventure, Action | April 1970 (USA)
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.


Kenji Misumi


Ryôzô Kasahara, Kan Shimozawa (story)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Shintarô Katsu ... Zatoichi
Jûshirô Konoe ... Tajuro Akazuka
Miwa Takada ... Omitsu
Yukiji Asaoka ... Tomoe
Mikiko Tsubouchi ... Osen
Mie Nakao Mie Nakao ... Miyuki
Takao Ito ... Shokichi
Asao Koike ... Maebara of Gonzo
Midori Isomura Midori Isomura ... Omine
Tatsuo Matsumura ... Tahe
Eitarô Ozawa ... Torikoshi
Jôtarô Senba ... Chokichi
Kôjirô Kusanagi ... Kurisu
Kenzô Tabu ... Kanai of Manzo
Osami Nabe Osami Nabe ... Dice Player Hanzo (as Osamu Nabei)


Ichi is staying at an inn when a woman dies. Her dying wish is that Ichi take her son to his father, an artist living in a nearby town. After arriving in the town, Ichi finds out that the father has been forced by a local boss to create illegal pornography to pay off his gambling debts. Ichi makes it his mission to save tha man and reunite the family, even though it brings him into conflict with a samurai he sort of befriended on his way to the town Written by Scott Hamilton <stomptokyo.com>

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Remade as Blind Fury (1989). See more »


Followed by Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970) See more »

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Once past the singing, one of the best in the series
8 May 2002 | by gkbazaloSee all my reviews

Zatoichi fans will find this one of the most enjoyable in the series. I was put off by a musical number near the beginning--very 1960s. However, the movie quickly settles into an engaging plot. The iconic "mysterious stranger" that always appears at the start and end of Zatoichi films has a larger role here and is an interesting character. One of the best endings in the series.

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Release Date:

April 1970 (USA) See more »

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Daiei Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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