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Adventures of Zatoichi (1964)

Zatôichi sekisho yaburi (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 30 December 1964 (Japan)
The blind swordsman tries to locate a girl's missing father.

Director:

Kimiyoshi Yasuda

Writers:

Shôzaburô Asai, Kan Shimozawa (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shintarô Katsu ... Zatoichi
Miwa Takada ... Saki
Eiko Taki Eiko Taki ... Sen
Kichijirô Ueda Kichijirô Ueda ... Boss Jinbei
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daimaru Daimaru ... Zany Entertainer
Mikijirô Hira ... Gounosuke
Gen Kimura Gen Kimura ... Yakuza dice thrower
Akitake Kôno Akitake Kôno ... Intendant Gorota Kajima
Kôichi Mizuhara Kôichi Mizuhara ... Kamazo
Ikuko Môri Ikuko Môri ... Hanokama
Rocket Nakata Rocket Nakata ... Zany Entertainer
Teruko Ômi Teruko Ômi ... Daruma maker's wife
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Storyline

Blind swordsman/masseuse Zatoichi befriends a young woman looking for her father, a village leader who has disappeared. As he helps her investigate the disappearance, Zatoichi also becomes involved with another young woman who is trying to help her brother, who has murdered someone at about the same time and place as the missing man was last seen. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

30 December 1964 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Adventures of Zatoichi See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

Throughout the film, Zatoichi's hair length and the darkness around his eyes changes from scene to scene or sometimes within the same scene. See more »

Quotes

[Zatoichi scares off some yakuza]
Tatsukichi: You're really strong, aren't you, mister?
Zatoichi: It's not that I'm strong. It's that they're weak.
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Connections

Followed by Zatoichi and the Doomed Man (1965) See more »

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Blind Swordsman: Adventures of Zatoichi
29 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Blind Swordsman: Adventures of Zatoichi (1964)

aka Zatoichi sekisho yaburi

*** (out of 4)

The blind swordsman (Shintaro Katsu) returns, this time helping a young woman track down her missing father. This is so far the best I've seen in the series thanks in large part to a darker tone than the previous two. Once again, the story of a blind swordsman works well and keeps the viewing interested and the fight scenes are extremely well done this time out.

Available on DVD or IFC shows it often.


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