: : : Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo

Story

The gentle breeze, the murmur of a babbling brook, the scent of plums. These memories call Zatoichi, the blind swordsman, back to a once-loved village. But memories are deceptive, and he arrives to find things much changed. The former boss Hyoroku has been reduced to a carver of statues of Jizo, the Buddha of Healing, and his daughter Umeno has become a hostess, and, as she describes herself, "one of the bad ones".


Control of the village is split between a former travelling merchant Eboshiya and his son Masagoro. Eboshiya befriends Zatoichi, and seeks his aid against Masagoro's minder, the drunken samurai Yojimbo the "crooked crook". When a masseur is killed, amidst rumours that a large amount of gold has been secreted in the village, the two factions begin to size each other up. It is at this point that Masagoro's younger son suddenly decides his father needs more protection and calls on the services of the contract killer Kuzuryu.

DVD Features

  • Kihachi Okamoto Biography
  • Shintaro Katsu Biography
  • Credits
  • Movie Stills Gallery
  • Artwork Stills Gallery
  • Six Previews
  • Interactive Menu
  • Scene Access

Cast

Koichi Sato
Shintaro Katsu
Watako Hamaki
Koji Nambara

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  • Genre: Action Movies
  • Theme(s): Ancient Cultures
  • Director: Kihachi Okamoto
  • Producer: AnimEigo
  • Length: 115
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJul 17, 1970
    JapanJan 15, 1970
  • Ratings
    Europe12
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 26, 2003
    EuropeQ1 2002
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