Shintaro Katsu

Zatoichi in Desperation

Zatoichi in Desperation

Star Shintaro Katsu sits in the director’s chair for this psychedelic and unremittingly bleak entry in the Zatoichi series, which is unlike any other in its grind-house grimness. A tale of innocence corrupted by sadistic, sleazy criminality, the film is propelled by Easy Rider–esque editing and a trippy seventies funk score by Kunihiko Murai.

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Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman

Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman

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Zatoichi in Desperation
Cast
Shintaro Katsu
Zatoichi
Kiwako Taichi
Nishikigi
Katsuo Nakamura
Ushimatsu
Asao Koike
Boss Mangoro
Kyoko Yoshizawa
Kaede
Yasuhiro Koume
Shinkichi
Joji Takagi
Kamijo
Masumi Harukawa
Ohama
Credits
Director
Shintaro Katsu
Produced by
Shintaro Katsu
Produced by
Hiroyoshi Nishioka
Original story by
Kan Shimozawa
Screenplay
Minoru Inuzuka
Cinematography
Fujio Morita
Edited by
Toshio Taniguchi
Original music
Kunhiko Murai
Art direction
Seiichi Ota

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