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Zatoichi at Large (1972)

Zatôichi goyô-tabi (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Action, Adventure | September 1973 (USA)
On the road, Zatoichi meets a dying pregnant woman and delivers the child moments before she passes. Honor bound, he sets out to find the next-of-kin who he discovers have their own problems.


Kazuo Mori


Kinya Naoi (as Naoi Kinga)

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Credited cast:
Shintarô Katsu ... Zatoichi
Rentarô Mikuni Rentarô Mikuni ... Boss Tetsugoro
Hisaya Morishige Hisaya Morishige ... Constable Tobei
Etsushi Takahashi Etsushi Takahashi ... Denjuro
Naoko Ôtani Naoko Ôtani ... Yae
Osamu Sakai Osamu Sakai ... Seiji
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katsutoshi Akiyama Katsutoshi Akiyama
Shôki Fukae Shôki Fukae
Tsutomu Hashimoto Tsutomu Hashimoto
Renji Ishibashi ... Gunroku
Keizô Kanie Keizô Kanie
Jun Katsumura Jun Katsumura ... Rowdy horse puller
Daigo Kusano Daigo Kusano ... Performer with moustache telling chûshingura story
Kazuo Mortuchi Kazuo Mortuchi
Shintarô Nanjô Shintarô Nanjô


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Release Date:

September 1973 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Zatoichi gets another baby and another excellent film
24 December 2006 | by ChungMoSee all my reviews

Only two more films before the end of a 25 entry series. You would think that after 11 years the final films would be tired and derivative but this film belies that assumption. While reusing some elements from previous films, the baby for example, this film is an excellent combination of humor, drama and action with the usual Zatoichi world view. It should be remembered that at the time these films would rarely get shown again so the film makers felt comfortable reusing themes. Soon after this Zatoichi moved to television where they really reused the stories and themes from the movies.

Zatoichi chances upon a pregnant woman who unknown to him has just been attacked and had her gold stolen. She goes into labor and Zatoichi helps deliver the child but the woman dies from her wound. Zatoichi goes to bring the child to his father and of course finds himself in the middle of a town being invaded by yakuza. Zatoichi is compelled to help the child's family and control the ruthless yakuza.

There's nothing unusual about the plot, it's the details that make this film so wonderful. The characters are all colorful and interesting. There an elderly constable and his good-for- nothing son, a group of wacky festival performers, a mysterious child who pelts Zatoichi with rocks, the required master swordsman to challenge Zatoichi and the sleazy yakuza. The film is well paced, but the first action is not until 30 minutes into the film. However it's well worth waiting for. Unlike the previous film that had Zatoichi caring for an infant (which is a very good film), he doesn't get attached to this one and it's pretty much out of the plot half way thru.

Recommended for all Zatoichi fans, newcomers might want to try an earlier film first.

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