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

A Daiei Co. Ltd. Production




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Sister, more tea please.

That's Zatoichi,

the masseur who killed Kanbei.

So that's the bastard Sekiya's

searching frantically for.

- Let's tell him.

- We can't go back right now.

Ah, it's cold. Just as I was

warming up, it's cold again.

He's not wearing his sword.

Zatoichi, they say your sword

drawing is spectacular.

Why don't you show us?

What family do you belong to?

I have ties to Sekiya's Kanbei,

who you killed.

I'm going to kill you for his

relatives. Get ready to die.

I only cut the air.

So, do you want to come here,

and move some air?

Let's see!

"Are you going to the mountains? "

"Are you going to see your family? "

"I'm not going to the mountains"

"When I went there last spring"

"A silly silly crow"

"Was flying all over"

"Circling around me"

"l won't go to the mountains again"

"A masseur's kimono is

Very very poor"

"He is bald as an egg"

"He only needs one razor blade"

"He doesn't need any hair oil

And he doesn't need a comb."

So, I don't need a comb...?

Aren't you lchi from Kasamon?

Yes, I am.

So it's you!

I am Tame from Koja.

Tame from Koja...

Oh, Tame the good singer!

You remembered me...

Ichi-san, it's been so long.

Not just long!

I didn't know you were alive!

I'm alive. I'm so happy

to meet a childhood friend!

This is my wife and my child.

Nice meeting you.

I envy you...

Are the three of you

going to the hot baths?

No. We're not in that position.

Our business went bankrupt.

Do you recognize this?

It's a Shamisen.

This is our living. We have fallen

to earning money on the road.

I see you've been through a lot.

It's my own fault. But l've heard

so many rumors about you.

Never mind that. Join me tonight.

Let's stay at the same inn.

We'll talk. Tonight,

your family is hired by me!

The compliments I received about

my voice became my enemies.

One's art consumes oneself.

This is my punishment for doing

something I'm not cut out for.

And neglecting

my father's business.

Me too. As a blind man, I make

those who see angry with me.

I was so absorbed in drawing

swords and killing people,

that I entered the Yakuza.

This is my punishment.

I did some things

I shouldn't have done.

Cut those I shouldn't have,

killed those I shouldn't have.

The grudges against me

are piling up.

I've put myself

in a dangerous position.

It's time I started regretting things.

I hear rumors about

your sword drawing.

But you're not wearing one. Is that

wise, after all you've told me?

Tame-san, can I borrow

your Shamisen?

The Shamisen?

I'm so glad I met you again,

I feel like singing.

Wife, the Shamisen.

I'm embarrassed to give

such a poor instrument...

The back leather's torn.

It doesn't make a pretty sound.

As long as it makes a sound.

Everyone, please

pretend to be deaf.

"Zato, Zato...

That's what people call me...

There's nothing I can do

A masseur earns only a few bucks

But all earnings are mine

...because I have no costs"

If you care for your life,

hand over your money!

I warn you not to try and hide it!

I'll use my sword if I have to!

What about you?

You're not coughing up?

- Please don't! We...

- Shut up!

What is this?

- Blind man, is that all you have?

- Yes.

Do you know what this is?

I'll cut you if you don't

hand over your money.

I understand.

I hear there's a gang of thieves,

Tengu from Mito or

something like that,

running around, lately.

- Is that you?

- What? Quickly!

That's really all I have.

Blind man!

Are you still hiding something?

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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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