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Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)

Zatôichi to Yôjinbô (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Action, Adventure | 15 January 1970 (Japan)
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

Writers:

Kihachi Okamoto, Kan Shimozawa (characters) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shintarô Katsu ... Zatoichi
Ayako Wakao ... Umeno
Osamu Takizawa Osamu Takizawa ... Yasuke Eboshiya
Masakane Yonekura Masakane Yonekura ... Boss Masagoro (as Sakatoshi Masakane)
Shin Kishida Shin Kishida ... Kuzuryu
Kanjûrô Arashi Kanjûrô Arashi ... Hyoroku
Toshiyuki Hosokawa Toshiyuki Hosokawa ... Sanaemon Goto
Shigeru Kôyama Shigeru Kôyama ... Jinzaburo Wakiya (as Shigeru Kamiyama)
Minoru Terada Minoru Terada
Hideo Sunazuka Hideo Sunazuka
Daigo Kusano Daigo Kusano ... Police Officer
Fujio Tokita Fujio Tokita ... (as Fujio Tsuneda)
Gen Kimura Gen Kimura
Hiroshi Tanaka Hiroshi Tanaka
Hiroto Kimura Hiroto Kimura
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Storyline

With a price on his head, Ichi seeks tranquillity in a favorite village. Since his last visit, it has fallen prey to Boss Masagoro, the son of a merchant rumored to have stolen gold from the shogunate. The boss has hired Yojimbo as his hard-drinking enforcer, but Yojimbo is both a spy for the shogunate, trying to find the gold, and in love with the merchant's unwilling mistress, Umeno. Ichi hires on as the merchant's masseur and buys Umeno's freedom with his employer's own money. This embarrasses Yojimbo who withdraws from a pact with Ichi to stir up trouble between father and son and their gangs. As the two sides fight, Ichi finds the gold and sets up a final set of confrontations. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A legendary figure in Japan is Zatoichi - the blind masseur with healing hands and a swift sword.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 January 1970 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Daieicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Current prints have replaced the original Toho logo with the Daiei logo. See more »

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Followed by Mang jian xue di zi (1973) See more »

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Zatoichi's best meeting
4 January 2001 | by LoneWolf6See all my reviews

I've seen about 7 or 8 zatoichi flicks and both of yojimbos. This is probably the best of zatoichi's films not just because of mifune but the story and craftsmanship of the film as well. The two stars work well together, although the yojimbo character is more p***ed off then the previous two films. I could be wrong but I think we find out who mifune's yojimbo is really working for which would explain why he acts like a scoundrel but in the end serves justice. The movie sports great swordplay and keeps the tradition of both characters


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