After an artist is threatened by the yakuza into creating valuable but highly illegal pornography, the law aims to execute him. Zatoichi, having been honor bound to protect the man and his family, must now run against the law.
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)
Second appearance in a Zatoichi movie for Shiho Fujimura, who previously appeared in Zatoichi On The Road (1963). See more »
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 »
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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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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