Release Date : January, 3rd, 1967
Running Time : 92 min
Genre : Feature
Color : Color
Screening Format : -
Screen Size : Cinema Scope (1:2.35)
[ Directed by ] YASUDA Kimiyoshi
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[ Story ]
Zatoichi looks like an ordinary blind masseur but he is really one of Japan's most adept swordsmen. He carries his sword disguised as an ordinary cane and it has become as dear to him as his right arm.
Now, however, he learns that his sword is old, and that - as a master swordsmith informs him - it will probably break the next time he uses it. And so he decides to give up fighting and retires into the country, having given his sword over to the safe-keeping of the swordsmith.
Zatoichi finds a job at an inn, where he meets a girl named Oshizu and her brother Seikichi, whose father was killed by some unknown person. He soon learns that everyone is being terrorized by a group of bullies led by Iwagoro, and that they are responsible for the murder of Oshizu's father. And though the blind masseur has forsworn fighting, the news of the indignities inflicted by this man are unbearable.
He returns to the swordsmith's but finds him dying, and someone has stolen the new sword he had just completed. But the dying man shows Zatoichi where his own sword is, and the masseur goes off to fight fully expecting his weapon to break.
But it is the villain's sword which breaks because the now dead swordsmith has switched blades and given him Zato-Ichi's old, used-up blade. And after the masseur has cleaned up the town, he leaves, convinced that his friends can now find happiness.
【Quoted from the database of Kadokawa Corporation】
【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1967 10.2】
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