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Zatoichi: The Tale of Zatoichi
Zatoichi The Tale of Zatoichi.jpg
Theatrical poster to Zatoichi: The Tale of Zatoichi
Directed by Kenji Misumi
Produced by Ikuo Kubodera
Written by Short Story:
Kan Shimozawa
Screenplay:
Minoru Inuzuka
Music by Akira Ifukube
Cinematography Chishi Makiura
Editing by Kanji Suganuma
Distributed by Daiei
Released April 18, 1962
Running time 96 min.
Followed by Zatoichi 2: The Tale of Zatoichi Continues
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Zatoichi: The Tale of Zatoichi (座頭市物語 Zatōichi monogatari) aka Life and Opinion of Masseur Ichi,[1] and Blind Swordsman[2] is a 1962 film directed by Kenji Misumi and starring Shintarō Katsu as Zatoichi the blind swordsman. Zatoichi: The Tale of Zatoichi is the first entry in the popular, long-running Zatoichi series.

Cast[]

Alternate poster to Zatoichi: The Tale of Zatoichi

  • Shintarō Katsu as Zatoichi/Blind Man Ichi/Masseur Ichi[3]
  • Masayo Banri as Otane/Tatekichi's sister/Seisuke's ex-lover
  • Ryūzō Shimada as Shigezo of Sasagawa/Sasagawa yakuza boss
  • Hajime Mitamura as Hanji of Matsugishi
  • Shigeru Amachi as Hirate, Miki
  • Chitose Maki as Yoshi/Hanji's wife
  • Ikuko Mori as Yutaka/Shigezo's wife
  • Michio Minami as Tatekichi/Otane's brother/Osaki's lover/Iioka yakuza member
  • Eijirō Yanagi as Sukegoro of Iioka/Iioka yakuza boss
  • Toshio Chiba as Masakichi/Iioka yakuza member
  • Manabu Morita as Seisuke/Otane's ex-lover/Iioka yakuza member
  • Yoichi Funaki as Yogoro/Sasagawa yakuza member
  • Kinya Ichikawa as Mokichi/Sasagawa yakuza member
  • Eigorō Onoe as Rihei/Sasagawa yakuza member
  • Yoshito Yamaji as Yahei/Father of Otane and Tatekichi
  • Yukio Horikita as Kanaji/Sasagawa yakuza member
  • Ryūji Fukui as Daihachi/Iioka yakuza member
  • Masayoshi Kikuno as A coolie
  • Hajime Koshikawa as A farmer
  • Akira Shiga as A dice-roller
  • Masashi Hamada as Iioka yakuza member
  • Koichi Aihara
  • Hiroyoshi Nishioka as Iioka yakuza member
  • Gen Kimura
  • Taizō Sengoku as Ishichi/Sasagawa yakuza member
  • Noboru Taniguchi as Tomozo/Sasagawa yakuza member
  • Shingo Hosotani as Iioka yakuza member
  • Saburo Nagaoka
  • Katsuyoshi Baba as Iioka yakuza member
  • Yo Yūki as Iioka yakuza member
  • Keiko Awanami as Osaki/Tatekichi's lover
  • Kanae Kobayashi
  • Bonta Maru

Release history[]

Cover to the 2002 US DVD release of Zatoichi: The Tale of Zatoichi

Zatoichi: The Tale of Zatoichi was released theatrically on April 18, 1962.[4] In Japan, the film has been released to home video on videotape format in 1984 and 1992, and on DVD in 2003 and in 2007 as part of a box set.[5] Home Vision Entertainment released it on DVD in the US on May 14, 2002.[6]

Bibliography[]

English[]

Japanese[]

External links[]

Notes[]

  1. "座頭市物語" (in Japanese). Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  2. ZATO ICHI MONOGATARI at the Complete Index to World Film
  3. "座頭市物語" (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  4. "座頭市物語" (in Japanese). Japanese Cinema Database (Agency for Cultural Affairs). Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  5. "座頭市物語(1962)" (in Japanese). allcinema.net. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  6. Wallis, John (May 20, 2002). Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman, Vol. 1 - The Tale of Zatochi at DVD Talk.
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