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Zatoichi: Blind Swordsman 1 - The Tale Of Zatoichi (1962)
Starring: Shigero Amachi, Shintaro Katsu, Chitose Maki, Masayo Mari, Gen Mitamura, Ryuzo Shimada, Eijiro Yanagi
Director: Kenji Misumi
Category: Action / Adventure, Avant Garde, Foreign
Studio: Home Vision
96 mins



This is the movie that introduced the legend of Zatoichi and its star Shintaro Katsu, ushering in a new era of the Japanese samurai film.Practicing his trade as a masseur in a small province, Zatoichi finds himself caught in a turf war between rival yakuza gangs.Aware of Zatoichi's reputation as an undefeatable swordsman, yakuza leader Sukejoro tries to hire him - unsuccessfully - as a mercenary.But it's too late.The other gang leader, Shigezo, hires a warrior with an equally fierce reputation to challenge Zatoichi.Thus the legend of Zatoichi begins with intensely choreographed battle scenes and an expertly crafted story.