Zatoichi’s Conspiracy Film Still

Zatoichi’s Conspiracy

Kimiyoshi Yasuda

 
  • Japan
  • 1973
  • 88 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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Everything comes full circle when Zatoichi returns to his hometown. Unfortunately, he finds that a childhood friend has become a feared crime lord, keeping the locals in debt and bilking them of their rice. Capping off Zatoichi’s feature film era before he made the transition to television in 1974, this chapter is suffused with melancholy, closing the series on a note of seriousness and emotional heft that it has well earned.

Credits

DirectorKimiyoshi Yasuda
Produced byShintaro Katsu and Hiroyoshi Nishioka
Original story byKan Shimozawa
ScreenplayYoshiko Hattori
CinematographyChikashi Makiura
Edited byYoshiharu Hayashi
Original musicAkira Ifukube
Art directionSeiichi Ota

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