Zatoichi's Pilgrimage Film Still

Zatoichi's Pilgrimage

Kazuo Ikehiro

 
  • Japan
  • 1966
  • 82 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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Troubled by his violent past, Zatoichi begins a journey to a series of shrines for a dose of cleansing spirituality. But as always, trouble isn’t far behind, and the blind swordsman soon finds himself defending a widow from the self-interest of ruthless thugs and despicable townsfolk. Written by Kaneto Shindo (Onibaba), this fourteenth Zatoichi is a scathing attack on the upper classes and those who wield power, both in the criminal underworld and everyday society.

Cast

Credits

DirectorKazuo Ikehiro
Produced byIkuo Kubodera
Original story byKan Shimozawa
ScreenplayKaneto Shindo
CinematographySenkichiro Takeda
Edited byToshio Taniguchi
Original musicIchiro Saito
Art directionYoshinobu Nishioka

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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