ZATOICHI AND THE DOOMED MAN (zatoichi sakate giri) (1965 JAPAN) D: KAZUO MORI W: SHOZABURO ASAI
The continuing adventures of the blind Masseur Zatoichi (series regular Shintaro Katsu). This time, while in jail for vagrancy he promises to take a message to a couple of men that may save an innocent man from death. Inevitably, corruption is uncovered and Zatoichi must fight. A lesser series would dish out the same formula with no shame, but Katsu's Zatoichi is obviously getting weary and wise to how things never go his way. Kambi Fujiyama has a good part as a traveling rogue who imitates Zatoichi for money and women. With Kenjiro Ishiyama, Ryouzo Shimada and Kazunari Doi. The consistent quality of this series is quite remarkable. THE BLIND SWORDSMAN AND THE CHESS EXPERT was next.

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