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Samaritan Zatoichi (Zatôichi kenka-daiko) (1968)





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Mythical wandering swordsman Zatoichi (Shintaro Katsu) finds himself in dire straits after being duped into killing a man with a large gambling debt in the 19th chapter of the long-running samurai saga. Almost immediately after Zatoichi completes his mission of terminating the troublesome debtor, the man's sister arrives at the yakuza headquarters with the money needed to pay off her siblings' debt. Realizing that he has been duped by the crafty gangsters, Zatoichi must now make reparations by freeing the girl from the evil boss and escorting her to safety.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama
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Shintarô Katsu
as Zatoichi
Makoto Satô
as Yasaburo
Takuya Fujioka
as Shinkichi

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More like "Zatoichi, the lousy yakuza he always told you he was." Still the same old Zatoichi, but he actually regrets doing something that for once doesn't involve manipulation (despite the description on this site), self defense, or accident. And that regret only comes when he finds there's a girl involved. Okay, some manipulation, but he was totally cool with killing a debtor for money. Also, not clear if that scene where he cheats with weighted dice was a ruse or not. The weird eye shadow make-up seems new, too.

George Isaacs
George Isaacs

Though the formulaic plot may be a bit worn, it's still highly effective. Especially with a few tweaks. In this film Ichi finds a helpful friend who can actually handle a sword; a maid whose honor doesn't need saving; & a ronin without any secondary issues or emotional baggage. Sorry - no parlor tricks here.

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

In this 19th film in the Zatoichi saga we once again are in for a treat as Ichi is once again manipulated into killing and then having to repent for his actions, although unknown at the time. Once again we are in for a tale of avenging one's previous actions and Ichi lays waste to all those that oppose him and rescues the sister of the man he originally killed under wrong pretenses and then continues on his way. The film is fast paced and filled with action throughout all culminating in a final one on one showdown which proves to be the most dangerous and challenging of Ichi's battles so far. There is a lot to like here and this is another fantastic film in the Zatoichi saga!

Chris Browning
Chris Browning

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