Kazuo Mori

Zatoichi and the Doomed Man

Zatoichi and the Doomed Man

An elderly prisoner accused of murder begs Zatoichi to find evidence of his innocence. The blind swordsman, for the first time, chooses not to help, but fate has other plans for him. Director Issei Mori, who played a significant role in getting Shintaro Katsu cast as Zatoichi in the first place, shows his filmmaking flair, delivering bloody battles and raucous humor while mischievously upending narrative expectations.

Film Info

  • Japan
  • 1965
  • 77 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese

Available In

Collector's Set

Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman

Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman

Blu-ray Box Set

9 Discs


Zatoichi and the Doomed Man
Shintaro Katsu
Kanbi Fujiyama
Kenjiro Ishiyama
Boss Jubei Araiso
Masako Akeboshi
Eiko Taki
Ryuzo Shimada
Yakuza boss
Koichi Mizuhara
Sachiko Murase
Shimazo’s wife
Kazuo Mori
Produced by
Sadao Zaizen
Original story by
Kan Shimozawa
Shozaburo Asai
Hiroshi Imai
Edited by
Toshio Taniguchi
Original music
Seitaro Omori
Art direction
Seiichi Ota

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