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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.


Kazuo Ikehiro




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
Hiroshi Hayashi Hiroshi Hayashi
Yûsaku Terashima
Ichirô Takakura Ichirô Takakura


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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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 »


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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Followed by Zatoichi Challenged (1967) See more »

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A leap forward in the series
10 December 2001 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

The Zatoichi series really took off with this entry. Shintaro Katsu is, of course, outstanding in his role as the blind swordsman/masseur. What sets this one aside from the earlier entries in the series, though, is the kinetic camerawork of Kazuo Miyagawa. Utilising every inch of his Panavision frame, Miyagawa set new standards for the samurai genre, choreographing outstanding fight sequences and adding the element of gore to the recipe. For those who think widescreen mayhem began with The Wild Bunch, this is essential viewing!

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Release Date:

14 March 1964 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Daiei See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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