Kazuo Mori

Zatoichi at Large

Zatoichi at Large

Zatoichi comes across a pregnant woman dying from sword wounds and helps deliver her baby. Her final request to him: take the boy to see his father. From here, the film evolves into one of the wilder rides in the Zatochi series, including such quirky touches as a mysterious child who follows Ichi and pelts him with rocks, monkey performances, and an unexpectedly hilarious take on the ronin challenger.

Film Info

  • Kazuo Mori
  • Japan
  • 1972
  • 90 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese

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Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman

Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman

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$159.96

Zatoichi at Large
Cast
Shintaro Katsu
Zatoichi
Rentaro Mikuni
Boss Tetsugoro
Hisaya Morishige
Tobei
Etsushi Takahashi
Denjuro
Naoko Otani
Oyae
Osamu Sakai
Seiji
Renji Ishibashi
Gonroku
Credits
Director
Kazuo Mori
Produced by
Shintaro Katsu
Produced by
Hiroyoshi Nishioka
Original story by
Kan Shimozawa
Screenplay
Kinya Naoi
Cinematography
Fujio Morita
Edited by
Toshio Taniguchi
Original music
Kunihiko Murai
Art direction
Seiichi Ota

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Tony Rayns on the Meaning of Zatoichi

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On the Road with Zatoichi
On the Road with Zatoichi

He massages, he gambles, and he’s great with a blade. Who is this blind swordsman, anyway?

By Geoffrey O'Brien

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