Fight, Zatoichi, Fight (Zatôichi kesshô-tabi)

Part of Kenji Misumi
Sunday, October 7, 2012, 2:00 p.m.

Dir. Kenji Misumi. 1964, 87 mins. 35mm. In Japanese with English subtitles. With Shintaro Katsu, Nobuo Kaneko. After witnessing the death of a young woman, Zatoichi promises to deliver her baby to the father. The eighth film in the Zatoichi series finds the blind hero in a web of deception and violence, as Zatoichi must fight off assassins intent on murdering him while the father refuses to claim the child. Deftly balancing its comedic effects with extravagant sword fighting, Fight, Zatoichi, Fight is one of the most entertaining installments of the Zatoichi series.

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