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Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (1964)

Zatôichi senryô-kubi (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 14 March 1964 (Japan)
Zatoichi is mistaken for a thief. To clear his name he must find and defeat the real villain.

Director:

Kazuo Ikehiro
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shintarô Katsu ... Zatoichi
Shôgo Shimada ... Chuji Kunisada
Mikiko Tsubouchi ... Ochio
Machiko Hasegawa Machiko Hasegawa ... Ogin
Tomisaburô Wakayama ... Jushiro (as Jo Kenzaburo)
Tatsuya Ishiguro ... Enzo
Shinjirô Asano Shinjirô Asano
Saburô Date
Hikosaburo Kataoka Hikosaburo Kataoka
Tanbâ Matasaburô Tanbâ Matasaburô
Toranosuke Tennoji ... Monji
Kôichi Mizuhara Kôichi Mizuhara
Hiroshi Hayashi Hiroshi Hayashi
Yûsaku Terashima
Ichirô Takakura Ichirô Takakura
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Storyline

In the 1840s, Ichi, blind masseur and quick-draw swordsman, travels to the village of Itakura to pay his respects at the grave of Kichizo, a man he killed two years' ago. The villages in the area, after several years of famine, have struggled to raise 1,000 ryo in taxes they owe. The money is stolen while in transit to the governor. Ichi is accused as is Boss Chuji, a samurai Ichi respects. Ichi sets out to find the money and clear his own and Chuji's names. Along the way, he must face Kichizo's sister, some of Chuji's own gang, a corrupt governor, and his henchmen. Loyalties shift even as Ichi's moral compass stays true. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 March 1964 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jushiro is played by Shintarô Katsu's real-life brother, Tomisaburô Wakayama, who would later star in the Lone Wolf and Cub series of films (produced by Katsu). See more »

Quotes

Ochio: Wait. Don't go yet. Go back with me and beat the drum for us again. Please don't leave without first seeing the joy on everyone's faces.
Zatoichi: See the joy on their faces? That'd be a pretty good trick for a blind man.
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This entry has a lot to offer—to Zatoichi veterans and newbies alike
27 March 2016 | by pkottaSee all my reviews

The Zatoichi series take a huge jump upward with this entry. Everything also falls into line -- you can tell people in front of and behind the camera had really hit their stride.

This film offers more action that the previous entries, as well as stunning cinematography and gorgeous production values. Another bonus -- the appearance of Katsu Shintaro's real-life older brother, Wakayama Tomisaburo. It's as if the box office performance of the previous films justified bringing out the big guns this time.

If you're new to Zatoichi and wondering with which film to take the plunge, then "Chest of Gold" is definitely worth your time.


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