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Fight, Zatoichi, Fight

Kenji Misumi

 
  • Japan
  • 1964
  • 87 minutes
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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While on the road, Zatoichi befriends a young mother right before she is savagely murdered. Promising her that he will hand over her baby to its father, the blind masseur embarks on an adventure both sentimental and beset by perilous action. This eighth Zatoichi feature is an excellent showcase for star Shintaro Katsu, who evinces an extraordinary physical and emotional range as the blind swordsman, here father, mother, husband, and reluctant killer all at once.

Cast

ZatoichiShintaro Katsu
Boss UnosukeNobuo Kaneko
HyakuGen Kimura
HangoroShosaku Sugiyama
Babysitting prostituteIkuko Mori
KoHizuro Takachiho

Credits

DirectorKenji Misumi
Produced byTomio Takamori and Sadao Zaizen
Original story byKan Shimozawa
ScreenplaySeiji Hoshikawa, Tetsuro Yoshida and Masaatsu Matusmura
CinematographyChikashi Makiura
Edited byKanji Suganuma
Original musicAkira Ifukube
Art directorAkira 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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