ZATOICHI MEETS THE ONE ARMED SWORDSMAN (zatoichi and the one armed swordsman; zatoichi meets his match; the blind swordsman meets his equal; shin zatoichi: yabure! tojin ken!) (1971 JAPAN HONG KONG) D/W: KIMIYOSHI YASUDA W: TAKAYUKI AMADA P: SHINTARO KATSU
Wang Yu takes his highly skilled one-armed swordfighter persona to Japan for inclusion in the Zatoichi series. Shintaro Katsu is the reluctantly lethal blind masseur as usual. All the entries in this series are great, but the finale of this heartbeaking tale of confusion, honour and lack of communication left me with a lump in my throat. Essential stuff. An alternate cut of the film with a completely different ending remains unseen by the general public, anywhere. I wonder if it still exists? With Koji Nanbara, Toru Abe, Takamaru Sasaki, Tokue Hanasawa and Yuzo Hayakawa. ZATOICHI AT LARGE followed.

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