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New Tale of Zatoichi

Tokuzo Tanaka

 
  • Japan
  • 1963
  • 91 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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Zatoichi is back—and in color! Hoping to leave violence behind, the blind masseur wanders to a village, where he meets an old friend fallen on hard times. With a corrupt clan leader squeezing citizens dry and the brother of a past nemesis out for payback, Zatoichi finds that he cannot abandon his true calling.

Cast

ZatoichiShintaro Katsu
YayoiMikiko Tsubouchi
BannoSeizaburo Kawazu
YasuhikoFujio Suga
InnkeeperTatsuo Endo
Innkeeper's wifeMieko Kondo
Yasuhiko’s brotherYutaka Nakamura

Credits

DirectorTokuzo Tanaka
Produced byIkuo Kubodera
Original story byKan Shimozawa
ScreenplayMinoru Inuzuka and Kikuo Umebayashi
CinematographyChikashi Makiura
Edited byHiroshi Yamada
Original musicAkira Ifukube
Art directionSeiichi Ota

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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