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Zatoichi Challenged

Kenji Misumi

 
  • Japan
  • 1967
  • 86 minutes
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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A dying woman begs Zatoichi to reunite her son with the father he has never met, but when the blind masseur searches for the man, he discovers that he has been forced by a local yakuza boss to pay off his gambling debts in an unusual way: by painting illegal erotica. Determined to bring father and son together, Zatoichi pits his skills against the gangsters and a ronin who is not entirely what he seems.

Credits

DirectorKenji Misumi
Produced byIkuo Kubodera
Original story byKan Shimozawa
ScreenplayRyozo Kasahara
CinematographyChikashi Makiura
Edited byToshio Taniguchi
Original musicAkira Ifukube
Art directionShigenori Shimoishizaka

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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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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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