ZATOICHI THE OUTLAW (the blind swordsman`s rescue; zatoichi breaks jail; zatoichi royaburi) (1967 JAPAN) D: SATSU YAMAMOTO W: KOJI MATSUMOTO/TAKEHIRO NAKAJIMA/KIYOKATA SARUKAWA P: MASAICHI NAGATA
This different entry has the blind masseur (Shintaro Katsu, who can be heard singing on the soundtrack) tricked into leaving a peasant town in conflict, believing that a seemingly good man (Rentaro Mikuni) will settle all. He returns to right his wrongs in this slow-paced but satisfying tale that has a culminative effect. With Ko Nishimura (also in Katsu`s very different HANZO THE RAZOR series), Toshiyuki Hosokawa, Takuya Fujioka, Kenjiro Ishiyama, Mizuho Suzuki, Tatsuo Endo, Saburo Date, Yuzou Hayakawa, Kazunari Doi, Hajime Mikura and Keisuke Otori. ZATOICHI CHALLENGED! followed.

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