Thursday, September 22, 2016
Directed by Kazuo Ikehiro (Also directed 2 other Zatoichi films, Flashing Sword (movie 7) and Pilgrimage (movie 14) and starring, of course, Shintaro Katsu. We also see the return of Shintaro's in real life older brother Tomisaburo Wakayama as Jushiro, the dangerous ronin who Ichi finds himself face to face with. The big stand out technical crew of this film is Kazou Miyagawa who did work on Rashomon (one of my favorite movies) and Yojimbo. He would be involved with six more Zatoichi films.
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Monday, September 5, 2016
Kimiyoshi would later direct the following Zatoichi films after On The Road:
#9 Adventures of Zatoichi
#15 Zatoichis Cane Sword
#18 Zatoichi and the Fugatives (not to be confused with movie 4)
#22 Zatoichi Meets the One Armed Swordsman
#25 Zatoichis Conspiracy (final film before 1989’s Zatoichi)