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Zatoichi's Revenge (1965)

Zatôichi nidan-kiri (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 3 April 1965 (Japan)
After Zatoichi learns of his sensei's murder he uncovers a horrible conspiracy involving the local government and crime family.

Director:

Akira Inoue

Writers:

Minoru Inuzuka, Kan Shimozawa (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shintarô Katsu ... Zatôichi / Ichi, a zatô in the Tôdô-za (guild for the blind)
Norihei Miki ... Denroku the Weasel
Mikiko Tsubouchi ... Sayo / Nishikigi
Takeshi Katô ... Koheita Kadokura
Fujio Harumoto ... Intendant Isoda
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
San'emon Arashi San'emon Arashi ... Hikonoichi
Saburô Date
Kôji Fujiyama Kôji Fujiyama ... Ronin
Jun Katsumura Jun Katsumura ... Tatsugoro yakuza
Gen Kimura Gen Kimura ... Inspector Jingo Odate
Sachiko Kobayashi ... Tsuru
Mayumi Kurata Mayumi Kurata ... Oshika
Sônosuke Sawamura ... Boss Tatsugoro
Sampei Taira Sampei Taira ... Ushimatsu
Yûsaku Terashima ... Yasaku
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Storyline

Itinerant masseur and master swordsman, the blind Zatoichi, is near the village of his teacher, Hikonoichi, so he decides to visit. He learns of Hikonoichi's recent robbery and murder and the imprisonment of his virginal daughter, Osayo, in a brothel. Through friendship with Denroku, a local dice thrower and devoted father, Ichi uncovers an unholy alliance between the governor and the area strongman: among their scams is falsifying tax records to put farmers in debt, then forcing their daughters into prostitution at the boss's brothel. With help from Denroku's daughter, Otsuru, Ichi comforts Osayo until he can provoke showdowns with the villains and their henchmen. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

3 April 1965 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Zatoichi's Revenge See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Zatôichi: I don't know who sent you, but you only get one life. You should guard it more carefully.
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Follows New Tale of Zatoichi (1963) See more »

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A good movie, but not a good Zatoichi movie
7 April 2016 | by pkottaSee all my reviews

This entry is from the phase where Zatoichi has been completely sanitized into a 100% good guy. Between that an a scene where a tweenage girl breaks into song, this could be a Disney film if were it not for the 10 minutes of screen time where the bad guys die by Zatoichi's sword.

The later films are the ones that create a truly gritty where the Zatoichi character can expand back into the "good guy with a heart of gold but a mean streak" space that made the first Zatoichi films resonate so well. In other words, if you want to see the Zatoichi films not in chronological order but in descending order of greatness, I would save this one for the last batch.


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