After an artist is threatened by the yakuza into creating valuable but highly illegal pornography, the law aims to execute him. Zatoichi, having been honor bound to protect the man and his family, must now run against the law.
Zatoichi comes upon the town of Tonda, overrun by gangsters. Using one of his favorite techniques, Zatoichi proceeds to win 8 ryo in a rigged gambling game. Of course, the local gangsters attempt to kill him, and the adventure begins. It turns out a blacksmith named Senzo examines Zatoichi's cane sword, and discovers it to be forged by his old mentor. Senzo discovers the sword is at the end of its usefulness and will break when it is used next....Written by
Matt Hartley (int1)
Tatsuo Endo's fourth appearance in a Zatoichi movie. He previously appeared in the films Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965) and Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964) in which he also played a Yakuza boss, and The New Tale of Zatoichi (1963) in which he played a minor character. See more »
After Oshizu serves Zatoichi some food her brother comes to talk to her. In the background Zatoichi spills some of his rice as he's eating it from a bowl, twice. He picks up the first portion he spilled on his lap easily but while picking up the second portion he spilled off to his side, he tries to pick it up like the blind character he plays, without looking. Not finding that portion, he looks down to see where it's at, then proceeds to pick it up before the scene cuts. See more »
Thanks, old man. I owe you one. You switched the old blade in my cane sword for the new one you poured your heart and soul into.
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Master Ichi finds out from a friendly sword-smith that his legendary blade has a weak point and thus, will break upon his next attack. This inspires him to give it up and attempt to live life on the straight and narrow. Of course, with all the evil men lurking about and terrorizing the locals, somebody eventually has to do something. And you know who that somebody is. There's not too much action for the first hour but when it comes, it's classic Zatoichi, meaning some of it must be rewound just to enjoy it a second time. Zatoichi's Cane Sword (#15) is one of the best in the 27-film series (and has some of the best bits of humor from Zatoichi, like the whole "duck dance" scene) and as such, I'd recommend it to both fans and non-fans alike. And in case no one knew, Katsu Shintarô rocks.
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