Zatoichi on the Road

Synopsis: Blind swordsman/masseuer Ichi (or "Zatoichi") is asked by a dying man to deliver the maiden Mitsu (or "Omitsu") to her family in Edo, and Zatoichi feels honor-bound to do so. But rival gangs each have an interest in kidnapping the girl for ransom. Zatoichi joins with one of the gangs when the other gang captures Mitsu, but he then finds that to rescue her, he must fight both gangs.
85 min



What are you doing?

- You switched the dice!

- What?

I can tell by the sound.

You can fool my eyes

but not my ears.

It's Zatoichi!

Darkness is my ally.

Come find me if you can.


Original story by KAN SHI MOZAWA

Screenplay by MI NORU I NUZUKA





I know a really good inn.

Meals and sake are on me.

That's very generous of you.

-Well, shall we--

- Hold on a second.

I haven't finished eating.

The inn can wait.

We've got time.

- You are Kisuke, right?

- Yes.

Are you going to pay all expenses

on our trip to Doyama?

Yes, but please,

just don't change your mind

about going.

I understand.

I wasn't headed anywhere

in particular.

I'm so glad you're coming.

My boss will be delighted.

Well, your boss must be

an odd fellow

if he sent you to fetch

a blind man like me.

Give me some tea.

Can we afford to stay

at an inn tonight?

We'll work it out.

You three are pathetic.

Is that all you can say?

Look at that blind man.

He's being put up in style.

Here you go.

- A friend ofyours?

- No.

It's nothing.

Let's get going.

That was delicious.

Let's go. This way.

That bastard!

He convinced him to go.

Who is that blind man?

- Zatoichi, a gambler.

- That blind man is a gambler?

Kisuke, are you sure

there are no strings attached

to this free trip to Doyama?

None whatsoever.

My boss just wants to meet you.

He keeps talking about

having you as a guest.

You should know I won't fight

or put on a show of sword tricks.

I know.

By the way, I really appreciate

the fancy meals.

Where will the fight take place?

At Shimozuma, 20 miles from here.

We'll fight in four or five days.

I'll pay you three gold coins each.

What do you think?

Not bad.

We haven't killed anyone

in a while.

We'll do it.

I have one more job for you.

Remember the blind man

who was here a few minutes ago?

I want you to kill him

and the fellow with him.

I'll pay you two bu each

for this job.

- One of them is a gambler, right?

- I heard they were going to Doyama.

That's who we're fighting:

Boss Hikozo in Doyama.

The blind man is Zatoichi.

He's a skilled swordsman.

That blind man is a swordsman?

Kisuke, you can walk faster

if you like.

Really? All right.

Oh, no, I forgot my tobacco pouch.

Should we go back to get it?

No, it was a cheap one anyway.

You're in a generous mood.

Let's keep walking.

Hey, you! Wait!

- Who is that?

- The samurai from the tea house.

Maybe they brought you

your tobacco pouch.

I doubt it.

Hey, blind man!

You're Zatoichi, aren't you?

I hear you're quick with a sword.

Show me how good you are.

You must be joking.

What do you want from us?

Come on!

You want to try too?

You must be a woman.

My life's only worth 2 bu.

Are you really blind?

Were you at the tea house?

I asked you a question!

If l could see,

I would have run away a long time ago.

Then how did you know

I was a woman?

I may be blind,

but I have a keen sense of smell.

Why did these samurai

want to kill me?

They were paid.

By whom?

I didn't bother to ask his name.

He's long gone.

Were you with these men?

One of the men you just killed

was my husband.

That makes me your enemy.

I suppose so.

But don't worry.

You just killed three grown men,

three full-fledged samurai,

in an instant.

What threat could a woman

like me pose to you?

He has no need for money now.

So long.


- Did you find her?

- No.

It's just a blind masseur.

I know you're blind,

but did you hear a girl pass by here?

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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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