Kimiyoshi Yasuda

Zatoichi's Cane Sword

Zatoichi's Cane Sword

Wearying of his wandering lifestyle, Zatoichi yearns to settle down; unfortunately, when he does so it’s in a town overrun by yakuza. He has an eye-opening encounter with the town’s blacksmith, who reveals himself to be the apprentice of the man who forged Zatoichi’s legendary cane sword, and informs Zatoichi that it’s a hairline crack away from snapping. The news prompts Zatoichi to hang up his sword, yet leaving the fighting life and his code of honor behind proves not to be so simple.

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Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman

Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman

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Zatoichi's Cane Sword
Cast
Shintaro Katsu
Zatoichi
Shiho Fujimura
Oshizu
Eijiro Tono
Senzo
Yoshihiko Aoyama
Seikichi
Tatsuo Endo
Boss Iwagoro
Masumi Harukawa
Oryu
Makoto Fujita
Umazo
Kiyoko Suizenji
Oharu
Masako Akeboshi
Matsu
Fujio Suga
Kuwayama
Credits
Director
Kimiyoshi Yasuda
Produced by
Ikuo Kubodera
Original story by
Kan Shimozawa
Screenplay
Ryozo Kasahara
Cinematography
Senkichiro Takeda
Edited by
Toshio Taniguchi
Original music
Ichiro Saito
Art direction
Yoshinobu Nishioka

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