THE NEW ZATOICHI STORY: BLOODBATH AT KASAMA (the blind swordsman`s conspiracy; zatoichi`s conspiracy; zatoichi at the bloodfest; shin zatoichi monogatari: kasama no chimatsuri) (1973 JAPAN) D: KIMIYOSHI YASUDA W: YOSHI HATTORI P: HIROYOSHI NISHIOKA/SHINTARO KATSU
Judging by the title and the anti-climatic (in retrospect) nature of this lesser-but-good entry in the unmissable series about a blind masseur and master swordsman (Shinatro Katsu) who fights small town corruption, no-one expected it to be the last in the original 25 part series that started back in 1962. With Kei Sato, Yukiyo Toake, Eiji Okada, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Shiro Kishibe (from the hit tv series MONKEY), Eri Yokoyama, Tatsuo Endo and Takashi Shimura. From 1974 to 1979, Katsu was immensely popular as Zatoichi on tv. He returned with his own feature ZATOICHI in 1989.

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