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Watch Out, Crimson Bat! (1969)

Mekurano Oichi midaregasa (original title)
Oichi, the blind swordswoman, receives a scroll with a secret message from a dying courier, that must be handed to Murobuse, a high officer of the Shogunate. Her path is full of obstacles ... See full summary »

Director:

Hirokazu Ichimura

Writers:

Teruo Tanaka (story), Kinya Naoi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Yôko Matsuyama Yôko Matsuyama ... Oichi
Gorô Ibuki ... Gennosuke
Tamayo Mitsukawa Tamayo Mitsukawa ... Kotoe (as Kiyoko Inoue)
Mayumi Arai Mayumi Arai ... Omiyo the Orphan Girl
Maya Maki Maya Maki ... Otama the Dagger Thrower
Rokkô Toura Rokkô Toura
Jun Hamamura Jun Hamamura ... Tessai
Gajirô Satô Gajirô Satô ... Hanji the Orphan Boy
Katsumi Munakata Katsumi Munakata ... Samurai
Himawari Sisters Himawari Sisters ... Akamatsu Group Singers
Shin'ichi Yanagisawa Shin'ichi Yanagisawa
Yôichi Numata Yôichi Numata
Asahi Kurizuka Asahi Kurizuka ... Sakon Shishido
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Oichi, the blind swordswoman, receives a scroll with a secret message from a dying courier, that must be handed to Murobuse, a high officer of the Shogunate. Her path is full of obstacles that delay her, or put her life in danger, from hungry orphans to a dagger thrower in a carnival, from robbers to a rival samurai... Will the secret of how to produce a new kind of explosive fall in the wrong hands? Written by Artemis-9

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 October 1969 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Watch Out, Crimson Bat! See more »

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Shôchiku Eiga See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Third of four adventures of Oichi the Blind Swordswoman, featuring the same actress. See more »

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Spun-off from Trapped, the Crimson Bat (1969) See more »

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Pretty fine
1 December 2002 | by flyingchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

I saw a Mandarin dubbed English subtitled version of this film intended for Chinese audiences christened LADY TIGER AND SWORD.

Sister Oichi is a blind swordswoman hired to carry an important scroll of unknown contents, (since she can't see them), to a local scientist. On the journey she helps a pair of homeless teenage siblings and is challenged by a great number of swordsmen who try to take the scroll from her. We eventually learn that the scroll contains a formula for a powerful bomb. A wicked government general has sent an army to attain the scroll against the 13 year old emperor's wishes for the bomb not to be used as a military weapon.

This is another of the many, and understandably, post Hiroshima `big bombs are bad' film plots. CRIMSON BAT may be a poor man's ZATOICHI but Yoko Matsuyama's portrayal of Sister Oichi is pretty fine. Okay so she's no Junko Fuji (Red Peony Gambler) but she has a sweet motherly face which adds an unusual element to her bloody fights. The action & pacing are decent and the setting and costumes are quite lovely.


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