The Tale of Zatoichi

The Tale of Zatoichi


座頭市物語
Zatōichi Monogatari
Zatoichi Story
Director Kenji Misumi
Original Story Kan Shimozawa
Screenplay Minoru Inuzuka
Photography Chikashi Makiura
Sound Iwao Otani
Lighting Hiroya Kato
Art Akira Naito
Music Akira Ifukube
Editor Kanji Suganuma
Production Companies Daiei
Release Date April 18, 1962
Runtime 96 minutes
Followed by The Tale of Zatoichi Continues (1962)

座頭市物語
Zatōichi Monogatari
Zatoichi Story

Director Kenji Misumi
Original Story Kan Shimozawa
Screenplay Minoru Inuzuka
Photography Chikashi Makiura
Sound Iwao Otani
Lighting Hiroya Kato
Art Akira Naito
Music Akira Ifukube
Editor Kanji Suganuma
Production Companies Daiei
Release Date April 18, 1962
Runtime 96 minutes
Followed by The Tale of Zatoichi Continues (1962)

Zatoichi, a blind masseur, arrives at the estate of yakuza boss Sukegoro. Although Zatoichi doesn’t advertise it, Sakegoro knows that the blind man is also a master swordsman, and plans to exploit him in his imminent war with rival boss Shigezo. Shigezo, meanwhile, has retained the services of Hirate, a masterless samurai, for the same purpose. Hirate and Zatoichi meet and become friends, which complicates their obligations to their respective bosses. Meanwhile, Zatoichi earns the affections of Otane, a local barmaid. Otane’s brother, Tatekichi, works for Sukegoro. She is upset with him because he has disgraced a local girl who is pregnant with his child. The girl later drowns in a nearby lake, and Tatekichi is strongly suspected of playing a part in her death.

Shigezo tries to provoke a showdown with Sukegoro by beating one of his servants to death. However, Hirate proves to be seriously ill and is unable to fight. Sukegoro takes advantage of this and rushes his men to prepare for battle before Hirate can recover. However, when Shigezo proposes using a rifleman to assassinate Zatoichi instead, Hirate forces himself to join the fight. The two gangs meet in battle. Zatoichi and Hirate duel. Hirate, weak from his illness, succumbs to Zatoichi and dies. Sukegoro’s gang completely annihilates Shigezo’s gang.

Afterwards Zatoichi makes his disgust for Sukegoro known and departs without payment. He gives up his sword and has it buried with Hirate. Seeing this, Tatekichi attempts to kill Zatoichi himself, but Zatoichi trips him, and Tatekichi tumbles into a lake and drowns. Zatoichi leaves town by a side road, leaving Otane to pine after him.

企画
Planning
久保寺生郎
Ikuo Kubodera
原作
Original Story
子母沢寛
Kan Shimozawa
脚本
Screenplay
犬塚稔
Minoru Inuzuka
撮影
Photography
牧浦地志
Chikashi Makiura
録音
Sound
大谷巌
Iwao Otani
照明
Lighting
加藤博也
Hiroya Kato
美術
Art
内藤昭
Akira Naito
音楽
Music
伊福部昭
Akira Ifukube
編集
Editor
管沼完ニ
Kanji Suganuma
装置
Apparatus
梶谷和男
Kazuo Kajitani
擬斗
Action
宮内昌平
Shohei Miyauchi
邦楽
Traditional Music
中本敏生
Toshio Nakamoto
助監督
Assistant Director
国原俊明
Toshiaki Kohara
製作主任
Production Manager
田辺満
Mitsuru Tanabe
出演者
Performers


勝新太郎
Shintaro Katsu

万里昌代
Masayo Banri

島田竜三
Ryuzo Shimada

三田村元
Gen Mitamura

天知茂
Shigeru Amachi

南道郎
Michiro Minami

柳永二郎
Eijiro Yanagi

千葉敏郎
Toshio Chiba

守田学
Kakuya Morita

山路義人
Yoshito Yamaji

舟木洋一
Yoichi Funaki

尾上栄五郎
Eigoro Onoe

毛利郁子
Ikuko Mori

真城千都世
Chitose Maki

市川謹也
Shinya Ichikawa

藤川準
Jun Fujikawa

堀北幸夫
Yukio Horikita

浜田雄史
Hideo Hamada

丸凡太
Bonta Maru

木村玄
Gen Kimura

福井隆次
Ryuji Fukui

越川一
Ichi Koshikawa

西岡弘善
Hiroyoshi Nishioka

小林加奈枝
Kanae Kobayashi

志賀明
Akira Shiga

愛原光一
Koichi Aihara

谷口昇
Noboru Taniguchi

細谷新吾
Shingo Hosoya

千石泰三
Yuzo Sengoku

長岡三郎
Saburo Nagaoka

馬場勝義
Katsuyoshi Baba

結城要
Yuki Kaname

寺村孝
Takashi Teramura

淡波圭子
Keiko Awanami
監督
Director
三隅研次
Kenji Misumi