ZATOICHI`S PILGRIMAGE (zatoichi`s ocean voyage; the blind swordsman`s pilgrimage; zatoichi umi o wataru) (1966 JAPAN) D: KAZUO IKEHIRO W: KANETO SHINDO P: IKUO KUBODERA
Fed-up of all the reluctant killing, Masseur Ichi (Shintaro Katsu) travels to the island of Shikoku to do the rounds of the temples and find some answers. But of course even there he must save a damsel in distress from corruption and oppression. This solid entry was scripted by a director most well-known for ONIBABA and KURONEKO, and features a tense, exciting extended final duel. With Michio Ookusa, Kunie Tanaka, Hisashi Igawa, Masao Mishima, Saburo Date, Shosaku Sugiyama, Shintaro Nanjo, Shinobu Araki, Seiji Hara, Yusaku Terashima and Isao Yamagata. ZATOICHI`S CANE SWORD was next in the series.

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