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Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964)

Zatôichi abare tako (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 11 July 1964 (Japan)
After being wounded in a fight, Zatoichi is nursed to health by a young woman and her father. Now indebted to the family, he works to protect their ferry business from local thugs.

Director:

Kazuo Ikehiro
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Cast

Credited cast:
Shintarô Katsu ... Zatoichi
Tatsuo Endô ... Boss Yasugoro of Takeya
Takashi Etajima ... Seiroku
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryûtarô Gomi
Bokuzen Hidari ... Kyubei
Ryôsuke Kagawa ... Boss Bunkichi
Jun Katsumura Jun Katsumura ... Yasugoro yakuza
Naoko Kubo ... Kuni
Ikuko Môri ... Yasugora's sister
Mayumi Nagisa Mayumi Nagisa ... Shizu
Yutaka Nakamura ... Mekichi
Koh Sugita Koh Sugita
Teruko Ômi Teruko Ômi ... Mine
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Storyline

Blind masseur Zatoichi is nursed back to health by a young woman after he is shot by a gang member. Zatoichi, who had come to the village to repay a debt, now feels further indebted. He commits himself to use his amazing sword skills to help the young woman's father, whose river-crossing service is under attack by the same gang responsible for Zatoichi's wounds. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Quotes

Boss Yasugoro of Takeya: What can a blind swordsman do? Drive him into a corner and strike him down.
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Connections

Followed by Zatoichi's Pilgrimage (1966) See more »

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Disappointing Masseur Ichi
18 December 2001 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

Not one of the highlights of the series, Zatoichi's Flashing Sword simply doesn't display enough of Ichi's skills. There's very little action and what there is is brief. The story itself feels padded out, even at a brisk 82 minutes, and one gets the feeling Daiei was simply trying to turn out as many films as possible to capitalise on the character's popularity. It's not bad, merely disappointing.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 July 1964 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Zatoichi's Flashing Sword See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Daiei Studios, Daiei See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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