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The Tale of Zatoichi

Kenji Misumi

 
  • Japan
  • 1962
  • 96 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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The epic saga of Zatoichi begins. As tensions mount between rival yakuza clans, one boss hires a formidable but ailing ronin as his clan’s muscle—while the other employs a humble, moral blind masseur named Ichi. With its lightning-fast swordplay, sleight-of-hand dice games, and codes of honor upheld and betrayed, this first chapter sets the stage for all the Zatoichi adventures to come. And Shintaro Katsu brings author Kan Shimozawa’s blind swordsman to vivid life, making the character excitingly, indelibly his own.

Cast

ZatoichiShintaro Katsu
OtaneMasayo Banri
Boss Shigezo of SasagawaRyuzo Shimada
Hanji of MatsugishiGen Mitamura
Miki HirateShigeru Amachi
YoshiChitose Maki
OyutakaIkuko Mori
TatekichiMichiro Minami
Boss Sukegoro of IiokaEijiro Yanagi
MasakichiToshio Chiba

Credits

DirectorKenji Misumi
Produced byIkuo Kubodera
Original story byKan Shimozawa
ScreenplayMinoru Inuzuka
CinematographyChikashi Makiura
Edited byKanji Suganuma
Original musicAkira Ifukube
Art directionAkira Naito

Film Essays

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On the Road with Zatoichi

By Geoffrey O'Brien November 25, 2013

He massages, he gambles, and he’s great with a blade. Who is this blind swordsman, anyway? Read more »

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Tony Rayns on the Meaning of Zatoichi

September 14, 2016

Bursting at the seams with vibrant characters, disarming humor, and startling swordplay, Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman represents Japanese action cinema at its crowd-pleasing best. Over the . . . Read more »


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Film Essays

Zatoichi_current_thumbnail

On the Road with Zatoichi

By Geoffrey O'Brien November 25, 2013

He massages, he gambles, and he’s great with a blade. Who is this blind swordsman, anyway? Read more »

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