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Mekurano Oichi monogatari: Makkana nagaradori (1969)

A young blind girl is abandoned by her mother. When her guardian is killed, she learns to wield a sword from a traveling "Ronin". She travels to seek her mother and her revenge.


Sadatsugu Matsuda


Teruo Tanaka (cartoon story), Hajime Takaiwa (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Credited cast:
Yôko Matsuyama Yôko Matsuyama ... Oichi
Chizuko Arai Chizuko Arai ... 'Top-Swinging' Obun
Jun Tatara Jun Tatara ... 'Monkey' Nihei, Oyone's Father
Shin'ichi Yanagisawa Shin'ichi Yanagisawa ... Master Masagoro
Akitake Kôno Akitake Kôno ... 'Fire' Yasuke, Oichi's Foster Father
Misako Tominaga Misako Tominaga ... Ohama / Oichi's Mother
Bin Amatsu Bin Amatsu ... 'Devil' Denzo
Kôzô Yamamura Kôzô Yamamura
Keiko Koyanagi Keiko Koyanagi ... Oyone
Takaya Uesugi Takaya Uesugi
Michi Tanaka Michi Tanaka
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Isamu Nagato ... Jûbê / Ukita the Samurai


In the Edo period, a 7-year-old girl is abandoned by her mother in a thunderstorm, and is blinded by a thunderbolt that falls close to her. Yasuke protects her, and becomes her foster-father, until he is killed by some roving men. A Ronin named Ukita protects her next, and teaches her to use a cane-sword for her protection. Combined with her good hearing, her fencing will prove fateful for her enemies (a rapist, cheating dice players, and bandits) as she tries to protect another girl who was sold into slavery by her indebted father. Written by Artemis-9

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Release Date:

30 July 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blind Oichi Story: Red Bird of Flight See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


First of four movies based on Oichi the Blind Swordswoman, from the same studio. See more »


Followed by Trapped, the Crimson Bat (1969) See more »

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chairwoman of the sword
7 April 2013 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

First, I should admit that I haven't seen many movies in this genre. And I understand that the most famous series focusing on Japanese sword fighters is the Zatoichi series. I certainly haven't seen that one but hope to. In the meantime I just saw the first entry in the Crimson Bat series, called "Mekura no oichi monogatari: Makkana nagaradori" ("Crimson Bat: The Blind Swordsman" in English). It's definitely the sort of movie that would've inspired Quentin Tarantino, as the blind, abandoned character Oichi (Yoko Matsuyama) goes around dispensing justice. As it was, the copy that I saw was spoken in Japanese, dubbed in English, subtitled in Dutch! It's not the best movie but pretty fun, and that's what counts with these movies.

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