Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo


1h 56m 1970

Brief Synopsis

With a price on his head, Ichi seeks tranquillity in a favorite village. Since his last visit, it has fallen prey to Boss Masagoro, the son of a merchant rumored to have stolen gold from the shogunate. The boss has hired Yojimbo as his hard-drinking enforcer, but Yojimbo is both a spy for the shogunate, trying to find the gold, and in love with the merchant's unwilling mistress, Umeno. Ichi hires on as the merchant's masseur and buys Umeno's freedom with his employer's own money. This embarrasses Yojimbo who withdraws from a pact with Ichi to stir up trouble between father and son and their gangs. As the two sides fight, Ichi finds the gold and sets up a final set of confrontations.

Film Details

Also Known As
Zato ichi to Yojinbo
Genre
Action
Adventure
Drama
Foreign
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
Los Angeles showing: 17 Jul 1970
Production Company
Katsu Productions
Distribution Company
Bijou of Japan, Inc.; Daiei Motion Picture Co.
Country
Japan
Location
Japan

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 56m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Daieicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Zatoichi, the blind masseur and expert swordsman, longs for the peaceful days when he was not defending himself against bandits or helping the poor and innocent fight the forces of evil. He returns to a quiet village he once visited, only to find that it has been taken over by a gangster, Boss Masagoro, while the venerable headman, Hyoroku, now does nothing but carve statues of the god Jizo. Masagoro, aware of Zatoichi's reputation, orders his bodyguard, Yojimbo, to kill him. Yojimbo is at first reluctant to attack a blind man, but the offer of a substantial reward changes his mind. The two men feel a grudging respect for each other after their first meeting, during which Yojimbo realizes Zatoichi is no ordinary swordsman. However, the two become enemies when Zatoichi is taken in by Eboshiya, Masagoro's father, who has disowned his criminal son. Yojimbo, actually a spy assigned by the Shogunate to find some gold bars hidden by Eboshiya, seems more interested in drinking at the sake shop run by the beautiful Umeno. Eboshiya's younger son arrives in town to demand the gold, and when his father refuses to hand it over, he kills both Eboshiya and Masagoro. Zatoichi eventually discovers that the gold is dust, which Hyoroku has been concealing in his statues. Before the greedy villagers can find it, however, the gold dust is blown away by a gust of wind.

Film Details

Also Known As
Zato ichi to Yojinbo
Genre
Action
Adventure
Drama
Foreign
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
Los Angeles showing: 17 Jul 1970
Production Company
Katsu Productions
Distribution Company
Bijou of Japan, Inc.; Daiei Motion Picture Co.
Country
Japan
Location
Japan

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 56m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Daieicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Notes

Released in Japan in January 1970 as Zato Ichi to Yojinbo.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1971

Released in United States 1971