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Crimson Bat, the Blind Swordswoman (1969)

Mekurano Oichi monogatari: Makkana nagaradori (original title)
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 »




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


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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An Okay Samurai Film But Nothing Great
10 April 2019 | by jrd_73See all my reviews

The first of the Crimson Bat films was an okay time waster but nothing overly memorable either. As a little girl, Oichi was abandoned by her mother (ran off with a lover) and then blinded in a lightning strike. She was taken in by an old man who one day was murdered by a gang of criminals because he could identify their leader. Oichi was saved by a swordsman who taught her the weapon. Within what appears to be all of six months, Oichi became a master of the sword and was on her own.

In this first adventure, Oichi was trying to protect an old man with a price on her head who wanted to see the daughter he gave up years ago. Said daughter's adopted family are poor farmers who have no choice but to sell the girl to a local brothel ran by a hard-as-nails madam.

Much of this first Crimson Bat film felt familiar. There were few surprises in the plot. The action was just okay and not very plentiful. The best thing about the film was the character of Obun, a female croupier that Oichi upsets, but that plot point remained underused.

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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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