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Zatoichi's Cane Sword (1967)

Zatôichi tekka tabi (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 3 January 1967 (Japan)
Zatoichi, while fighting off the usual group of gangsters, meets the apprentice of the swordsman who created his blade, who relays bad news about the sword.

Director:

Kimiyoshi Yasuda

Writers:

Ryôzô Kasahara, Kan Shimozawa (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shintarô Katsu ... Zatoichi
Shiho Fujimura Shiho Fujimura ... Oshizu
Yoshihiko Aoyama Yoshihiko Aoyama ... Seikichi
Makoto Fujita Makoto Fujita ... Umazo
Kiyoko Suizenji Kiyoko Suizenji ... Oharu
Eijirô Tôno ... Senzo
Masumi Harukawa Masumi Harukawa ... Oryu
Masako Aboshi Masako Aboshi ... Omatsu the maid
Junichiro Yamashita Junichiro Yamashita ... Shinnosuke
Ryûtarô Gomi Ryûtarô Gomi ... Ronin
Fujio Suga Fujio Suga ... Seisuke Kuwayama
Tatsuo Endô Tatsuo Endô ... Iwagoro
Ryûji Kita Ryûji Kita ... Genbei Shimotsukeya
Eigorô Onoe Eigorô Onoe ... Zato
Yûsaku Terashima Yûsaku Terashima ... Noodle Shop Owner
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Storyline

Zatoichi comes upon the town of Tonda, overrun by gangsters. Using one of his favorite techniques, Zatoichi proceeds to win 8 ryo in a rigged gambling game. Of course, the local gangsters attempt to kill him, and the adventure begins. It turns out a blacksmith named Senzo examines Zatoichi's cane sword, and discovers it to be forged by his old mentor. Senzo discovers the sword is at the end of its usefulness and will break when it is used next.... Written by Matt Hartley (int1)

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Not Rated

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

3 January 1967 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Zatoichi's Cane Sword See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Daiei Studios 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

Tatsuo Endo's fourth appearance in a Zatoichi movie. He previously appeared in the films Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965) and Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964) in which he also played a Yakuza boss, and The New Tale of Zatoichi (1963) in which he played a minor character. See more »

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Follows Zatoichi's Revenge (1965) See more »

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Zatoichi changes his ways
3 February 2002 | by John SealSee all my reviews

This is a fairly sedate but still interesting entry in the series. Zatoichi discovers that his trusty blade is about to break, and he decides to settle down as a domestic servant rather than risk losing his life and his sword. Naturally a spanner is thrown in the works by another naughty warlord, and complications ensue.


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