Zatoichi and the Chess Expert

Zatoichi and the Chess Expert


座頭市地獄旅
Zatōichi Jigokutabi
Zatoichi Hell Journey
Director Kenji Misumi
Original Story Kan Shimozawa
Screenplay Daisuke Ito
Photography Chikashi Makiura
Sound Iwao Otani
Lighting Kenji Furuya
Art Akira Naito
Music Akira Ifukube
Editor Kanji Suganuma
Production Companies Daiei
Release Date December 24, 1965
Runtime 87 minutes
Preceded by Zatoichi and the Doomed Man (1965)
Followed by Zatoichi's Vengeance (1966)

座頭市地獄旅
Zatōichi Jigokutabi
Zatoichi Hell Journey

Director Kenji Misumi
Original Story Kan Shimozawa
Screenplay Daisuke Ito
Photography Chikashi Makiura
Sound Iwao Otani
Lighting Kenji Furuya
Art Akira Naito
Music Akira Ifukube
Editor Kanji Suganuma
Production Companies Daiei
Release Date December 24, 1965
Runtime 87 minutes
Preceded by Zatoichi and the Doomed Man (1965)
Followed by Zatoichi's Vengeance (1966)

During his travels, Zatoichi befriends Jumonji, a wandering ronin who is an expert at chess. They take to playing chess with each other in their heads, since Zatoichi is blind. Zatoichi also befriends Otane, a traveling musician, and her daughter, Miki. When Miki is injured and falls ill, Zatoichi and Jumonji work together to raise the funds to buy the medicine to cure her. Otane is grateful to Zatoichi, but is secretly conflicted; she’s actually a scout for a feuding yakuza boss who is pursuing Zatoichi.

At Hakone springs, Zatoichi meets Sagawa, his sister Kume, and his retainer, Roppei. Roppei, a gentle servant, is brutally killed outside a temple during his morning prayers. Zatoichi learns that Sagawa and Kume are on a mission of revenge, pursuing their father’s killer. Roppei was the only one who knew the murderer’s face, and now they have no way of identifying him. However, Zatoichi learns that the murderer was a skilled chess player, and begins to suspect Jumonji.

Otane confess to Zatoichi, and they attempt to leave Hakone and outrun the yakuza boss. While on the road, Zatoichi and Jumonji play one last game of chess, before Zatoichi exposes Jumonji as the murderer and strikes. Sagawa and Kume appear to take their revenge on Jumonji. At the same time the yakuza appear and capture Miki, luring Zatoichi into battle. Zatoichi fights to save Miki and slays the yakuza. Zatoichi leaves Otane and Miki and continues his travels alone.

企画
Planning
奥田久司
Hisashi Okuda
原作
Original Story
子母沢寛
Kan Shimozawa
脚本
Screenplay
伊藤大輔
Daisuke Ito
撮影
Photography
牧浦地志
Chikashi Makiura
録音
Sound
大谷巌
Iwao Otani
照明
Lighting
古谷賢次
Kenji Furuya
美術
Art
内藤昭
Akira Naito
音楽
Music
伊福部昭
Akira Ifukube
編集
Editor
菅沼完二
Kanji Suganuma
擬斗
Action
宮内昌平
Shohei Miyauchi
助監督
Assistant Director
友枝稔議
Minoru Tomoeda
製作主任
Production Manager
吉岡徹
Toru Yoshioka
現像
Developing
東洋現像所
Toyo Laboratory
出演者
Performers


勝新太郎
Shintaro Katsu

成田三樹夫
Mikio Narita

林千鶴
Yukiko Takabayashi

岩崎加根子
Kaneko Iwasaki

山本學
Gaku Yamamoto

丸井太郎
Taruo Marui

五味龍太郎
Ryutaro Gomi

戸浦六宏
Rokko Tora

須賀不二男
Fujio Suga

北城寿太郎
Jutaro Hojo

藤岡琢也
Takuya Fujioka

伊達三郎
Saburo Date

高見国一
Kuniichi Takami

山本一郎
Ichiro Yuki

遠藤辰雄
Tatsuo Endo

玉置一恵
Kazue Tamaki

堀北幸夫
Yukio Horikita

沖時男
Tokio Oki

越川一
Ichi Koshikawa

小柳圭子
Keiko Koyanagi

小林加奈枝
Kanae Kobayashi

藤山直子
Naoko Fujiyama

藤川準
Jun Fujikawa

岩田正
Tadashi Iwata

山岡鋭二郎
Eijiro Yamaoka

勝村淳
Jun Katsumura

千石泰三
Yuzo Sengoku

南正夫
Masao Minami

森下昌子
Masao Morishita
監督
Director
三隅研次
Kenji Misumi