New Tale of Zatoichi

Synopsis: Blind masseur and master swordsman, Zatoichi, is tired of killing. He journeys to his old village looking for peace, but is pursued by the brother of Boss Kanbei, a man he's killed. Back home, Ichi connects with Banno, his teacher, who seeks prestige and has arranged for his younger sister, Yayoi, to marry into a wealthy samurai family. Ichi and Yayoi realize they are in love, but Ichi's request for her hand meets with Banno's derision. Ichi is also drawn into Banno's plot to kidnap the son of a wealthy man, ostensibly to aid the Mito Goblins, a gang of thieves on the run; but Banno wants to keep the ransom. Ichi wants harmony and love, but can he escape a destiny of violence?
Genre: Action, Drama
Director(s): Tokuzô Tanaka
Production: Criterion Collection
  1 nomination.
91 min

Take off your clothes!

Please, there's no need for that.

I don't even have money to lodge

here tonight. I was going to earn

some small change, playing the

shamisen for these people here.

Is everyone finished?

They're all so poor,

so much effort for so little money.

Nothing we can do about that.

Let's go.

Don't even think about

making trouble!

Is the boss at home?

He doesn't need a masseur

this early in the day.

I have to talk to him.

On what business?

I can't tell you.

It's for your boss's ears only.

He's out.

Well, if he's out, he's out.

- Is Tashichi-san in?

- Yes.

Can you call him out

here a minute?

Tashichi brother!

There's a blind man to see you.

Tashichi-san, it's me,

from last night.

You haven't forgotten my face,

have you?

Where did I see you?

You put your sword here and said:

"ls that all, blind man?

"lf you don't give it all,

I'm going to cut you..."

What are you blabbering about?

I'm not going to listen to this.

Yes. That's the voice.

Say it again, will you?

"ls that all you have?

I'll kill you!". Go on, say it.

You bastard!

I was patient last night,

so no one would get hurt.

That's an interesting place

to have a tattoo. Tame-san!

- It hurts...

- Well?

Yes, yes, he has a tatoo. It's him.

Are you still denying it?

What's going on?

This man is a thief who barged into

an inn last night holding a dagger.

And not only him,

there were 3 others.

It's a lie, it wasn't me,

it was someone else.

Quickly, tell us

who your friends are.

"Ouch!!!...Kyuroku, Yamakichi

and, and Gonroku..."

Kyuroku, Yamakichi, Gonroku.

Where are you?!

Listen Up!

I see no one here

understands anything.

People who were robbed

of their traveling expenses,

are standing there at a loss.

If you have any complaints about

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Minoru Inuzuka

Minoru Inuzuka (犬塚 稔, Inuzuka Minoru, 15 February 1901 – 17 September 2007) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter. Starting out as a screenwriter at Shochiku in 1924, he also participated in the production of Teinosuke Kinugasa's A Page of Madness. When Chōjirō Hayashi (later known as Kazuo Hasegawa) became a jidaigeki star at Shochiku, Inuzuka directed many of his films. After World War II, Inuzuka returned to specializing in screenplays and was known for his scripts for the Zatoichi series. He published his autobiography in 2002, and died in 2007 at the age of 106. When he died, he was called the last surviving director to have directed a silent film in the 1920s. Inuzuka wrote scripts for over 150 films and directed over 50. more…

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