THE TALE OF ZATOICHI (the life and opinion of masseur ichi; zatoichi monogatari) (1962 JAPAN) D: KENJI MISUMI W: MINORU INUZUKA EXEC P: IKUO KUBODERA
This is the original b/w Zatoichi film (like the whole series, it`s based on the novels by Kan Shimozawa). Shintaro Katsu plays the drifting blind masseur and master swordsman for the first time, and is brilliant in the role that he grew into more and more as the series progressed. The plot that involves corruption and conflict in a small town would be copied endlessly as the tirelessly high quality series progressed (and later switched to colour). Just excellent. With Masayo Banri, Shigeru Amachi, Ryouzo Shimada, Eijiro Yanagi, Igoro Onoe, Shindo Yamajo, Sachio Harikita and Gen Kimura. Next was...

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