Thursday, June 30, 2016
Episode 2: The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)
Tonight we are diving into the first episode in the Zatoichi series, The Tale of Zatoichi from 1962. This is the first outing of Shintaro Katsu in his signature role. A blind masseur finds himself tangled up in a war between two rival gangs. While Zatoichi is employed by one yakuza gang, he meets his match against a ronin who is in the village under similar circumstances. Directed by Cinbara powerhouse, Kenji Misumi, who would go on to direct the Lone Wolf and Cub series and the first entry in the Hanzo the Razor film series as well. Composer Akira Ifukube, best known for handling music and sound effects for the Toho Godzilla series contributes a powerful score mixing traditional Japanese music with experimental sound effects.
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