• Japan
  • 1972
  • 90 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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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.

Credits

DirectorKazuo Mori
Produced byShintaro Katsu and Hiroyoshi Nishioka
Original story byKan Shimozawa
ScreenplayKinya Naoi
CinematographyFujio Morita
Edited byToshio Taniguchi
Original musicKunihiko Murai
Art directionSeiichi Ota

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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

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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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