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The Life and Opinion of Masseur Ichi



Zatoichi monogatari



Release Date : April, 18th, 1962
Running Time : 96 min
Genre : Feature

Color : Monochrome
Screening Format : -,U-maticSP
Screen Size : Cinema Scope (1:2.35)
Sound Processing : -
Subtitle : English

[ Directed by ] MISUMI Kenji

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[ Story ]

Two gambling groups in a small province are trying to wedge into each other's territory. One day, a blind masseur named lchi comes to the leader of one group, Sukegoro, to ask for a few nights' lodging. Sukegoro knows lchi as a master swordsman who with his uncanny sixth sense can cut down almost anyone in a short range fight.
lchi senses that Sukegoro wishes to keep him simply because he is afraid of the other group headed by Shigezo who has hired a masterless samurai named Hirate from Edo.
He meets Hirate by a nearby pond when he comes to fish. The swordsmen take a liking to each other, although both know very well that they belong to opposing groups, which will fight each other at any moment. And they know very well that their respective leaders are greedy fellows who are only trying to use them for their own ends.
In the fight between the groups, Hirate meets lchi with drawn sword, and tells him that he wishes to display the cream of his swordsmanship. In the ensuing duel, the two mighty swordsmen do their best, but it is Hirate who is defeated.

【Quoted from the database of Kadokawa Corporation】
【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1962 5.3】

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