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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

Second appearance in a Zatoichi movie for Shiho Fujimura, who previously appeared in Zatoichi On The Road (1963). See more »

Goofs

After Oshizu serves Zatoichi some food her brother comes to talk to her. In the background Zatoichi spills some of his rice as he's eating it from a bowl, twice. He picks up the first portion he spilled on his lap easily but while picking up the second portion he spilled off to his side, he tries to pick it up like the blind character he plays, without looking. Not finding that portion, he looks down to see where it's at, then proceeds to pick it up before the scene cuts. See more »

Quotes

Zatoichi: Thanks, old man. I owe you one. You switched the old blade in my cane sword for the new one you poured your heart and soul into.
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Connections

Follows Zatoichi's Revenge (1965) See more »

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Eijirô Tono makes this one of the series best
24 July 2004 | by gkbazaloSee all my reviews

This is the 15th Zatoichi installment and one of the best in my opinion. The color cinematography is beautiful, especially a scene where Zatoichi approaches his adversaries at night in falling snow. Eijirô Tono (the innkeeper in Yojimbo who befriends Mifune) does a great job as Senzo the swordmaker, who it turns out was the maker of Zatoichi's sword. The plot is typical Zatoichi but the characters are better drawn than usual. The swordplay seems better than usual as well. There is also a little more humor and its very well done. Instead of the mysterious stranger who Zatoichi always has to fight after he wipes out all the evil Yakuza bosses and corrupt government officials, there is a comical gambler character who challenges Zatoichi to a dice "dual". Highly recommended for Zatoichi fans.


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