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Zatoichi's Cane Sword (1967)

Zatôichi tekka tabi (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 3 January 1967 (Japan)
Zatoichi, while fighting off the usual group of gangsters, meets the apprentice of the swordsman who created his blade, who relays bad news about the sword.

Director:

Kimiyoshi Yasuda

Writers:

Ryôzô Kasahara, Kan Shimozawa (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shintarô Katsu ... Zatoichi
Shiho Fujimura ... Oshizu
Yoshihiko Aoyama ... Seikichi
Makoto Fujita Makoto Fujita ... Umazo
Kiyoko Suizenji ... Oharu
Eijirô Tôno ... Senzo
Masumi Harukawa ... Oryu
Masako Aboshi Masako Aboshi ... Omatsu the maid
Junichiro Yamashita ... Shinnosuke
Ryûtarô Gomi ... Ronin
Fujio Suga ... Seisuke Kuwayama
Tatsuo Endô ... Iwagoro
Ryûji Kita Ryûji Kita ... Genbei Shimotsukeya
Eigorô Onoe Eigorô Onoe ... Zato
Yûsaku Terashima ... Noodle Shop Owner
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Storyline

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)

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

3 January 1967 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Zatoichi's Cane Sword See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Zatoichi: 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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Connections

Follows The Tale of Zatoichi Continues (1962) See more »

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You can't go wrong with Zatoichi!
5 January 2006 | by Golgo-13See all my reviews

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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