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The Tale of Zatoichi

The Tale of Zatoichi

Zatôichi monogatari

96 min

Country: Japan

Director: Kenji Misumi

Actors: Eijirô YanagiHajime MitamuraManabu MoritaMasayo BanriMichirô MinamiRyûzô ShimadaShigeru AmachiShintarô KatsuToshio Chiba…Yoshindo Yamaji…

Genres: Adventure, Action, Drama

Subtitle: English

3.2/ 5 3 votes
Movie plot

An impoverished blind masseur becomes a mercenary swordsman, to gain basic respect. The first of novelist Kan Shimozawa’s Zatoichi series: 26 films, a TV series and a play, all but two starring controversial singer/producer/director Shintaro Katsu. First of six Zatoichi films directed by Kenji Misumi. The shrewd Zatoichi targets a yakuza-controlled village, because war with a neighboring town’s smaller gang is brewing. The broke ex-masseur “Ichi” immediately wins big, by taking advantage of local bakuto’s cheating, after they scoff at his asking to join a dice game. The larger horde, who have been given carte blanche by the local governor, summoned Zatoichi. Zatoichi hates the fact that he’s become an outlaw, so he strikes up a friendship with the other gang’s honorable hired samurai, who has TB. Written by David Stevens

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