Kimiyoshi Yasuda

Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman

Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman

It’s East meets East when one of Japan’s action idols crosses paths with an iconic kung-fu hero from Hong Kong. While traveling the countryside, Zatoichi comes across Wang Kang (Jimmy Wang Yu), a Chinese swordsman protecting a brutally orphaned young child. Despite the language barrier, the men forge a friendship, until nefarious enemies plant seeds of distrust to pit the two master martial artists against each other.

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Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman

Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman

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Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman
Cast
Shintaro Katsu
Zatoichi
Jimmy Wang
Wang Kang
Yukio Hamaki
Osen
Michie Terada
Oyone
Koji Nambara
Kakuzen
Toru Abe
Boss Toubei
Shinsuke Minami
Hanoichi
Credits
Director
Kimiyoshi Yasuda
Produced by
Shintaro Katsu
Original story by
Kan Shimozawa
Screenplay
Takayuki Yamada
Screenplay
Kimiyoshi Yasuda
Cinematography
Chikashi Makiura
Edited by
Toshio Tajima
Original music
Isao Tomita
Art direction
Yoshinobu Nishioka

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