Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold

Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold


座頭市千両首
Zatōichi Senryōkubi
Zatoichi Thousand Ryo Neck
Director Kazuo Ikehiro
Original Story Kan Shimozawa
Screenplay Shozaburo Asai
Akikazu Ota
Photography Kazuo Miyagawa
Sound Iwao Otani
Lighting Genji Nakaoka
Art Yoshinobu Nishioka
Music Ichiro Saito
Editor Takashi Taniguchi
Assistant Director Akira Inoue
Production Companies Daiei
Release Date March 14, 1964
Runtime 83 minutes
Preceded by Zatoichi on the Road (1963)
Followed by Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964)

座頭市千両首
Zatōichi Senryōkubi
Zatoichi Thousand Ryo Neck

Director Kazuo Ikehiro
Original Story Kan Shimozawa
Screenplay Shozaburo Asai
Akikazu Ota
Photography Kazuo Miyagawa
Sound Iwao Otani
Lighting Genji Nakaoka
Art Yoshinobu Nishioka
Music Ichiro Saito
Editor Takashi Taniguchi
Assistant Director Akira Inoue
Production Companies Daiei
Release Date March 14, 1964
Runtime 83 minutes
Preceded by Zatoichi on the Road (1963)
Followed by Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964)

Zatoichi arrives in a remote village to pay his respects to a fallen swordsman, and joins the celebrations; the village has finally raised the thousand gold coins required to pay off their taxes to the magistrate. However, while en route to deliver the gold, the villagers are attacked by ronin and the gold is stolen. The cruel magistrate ignores the villagers’ plea for mercy and requires them to pay their taxes in full in ten days. Since Zatoichi was sighted near where the gold was stolen, the villagers suspect him and demand he make restitution. Zatoichi vows to hunt down the missing gold and clear his name.

Zatoichi, on a hunch, visits the outlaw samurai Chuji, who had formerly been a deputy before he sided with the villagers against the magistrate’s cruelty. While some of Chuji’s men were indeed involved in the theft, Chuji himself was blameless. Chuji’s chief rival is Monji, the new deputy. Zatoichi helps Chuji flee his hideout on Mount Araki and defends him from the guards sent by Monji to arrest him. Zatoichi visits Monji’s residence and meets Jushiro, one of the ronin implicated in the theft. Jushiro was actually hired by Monji and the magistrate to carry out the crime; the magistrate has been extorting the villagers for some time and the theft of the thousand gold coins was just his latest scheme to enrich himself. Zatoichi pieces this together and confronts the magistrate. He narrowly avoids arrest when Jushiro intervenes and allows him to leave; Jushiro is aware of Zatoichi’s reputation as a master swordsman and wishes to duel him on his own terms.

Meanwhile, the magistrate has arrested several villagers for rebelling against him and schedules their execution. Zatoichi intervenes and rescues them, informing the villagers of the magistrate’s treachery. The magistrate slays Monji and attempts to make off with the thousand gold coins. Zatoichi intercepts him and slays him, too, recovering the gold coins to return to the villagers. Jushiro meets him and sets and appointment for their duel. When Zatoichi arrives at the chosen place, Jushiro rushes at him on horseback, using his whip to drag Zatoichi helplessly through the dirt and brush. Zatoichi frees himself and forces Jushiro off his horse. Jushiro is slain, and Zatoichi departs.

企画
Planning
浅井昭三郎
Shozaburo Asai
原作
Original Story
子母沢寛
Kan Shimozawa
脚本
Screenplay
浅井昭三郎
Shozaburo Asai

太田昭和
Akikazu Ota
撮影
Photography
宮川一夫
Kazuo Miyagawa
録音
Sound
大谷巌
Iwao Otani
照明
Lighting
中岡源権
Genji Nakaoka
美術
Art
西岡善信
Yoshinobu Nishioka
音楽
Music
斎藤一郎
Ichiro Saito
編集
Editor
谷口孝司
Takashi Taniguchi
装置
Apparatus
木村重雄
Shigeo Kimura
擬斗
Action
宮内昌平
Shohei Miyauchi
音響効果
Sound Effects
倉嶋暢
Manabu Kurashima
助監督
Assistant Director
井上昭
Akira Inoue
製作主任
Production Manager
小沢宏
Hiroshi Ozawa
現像
Developing
東洋現像所
Toyo Laboratory
出演者
Performers


勝新太郎
Shintaro Katsu

島田正吾(新国劇)
Shogo Shimada (New National Theater)

坪内ミキ子
Mikiko Tsubouchi

長谷川待子
Machiko Hasegawa

城健三朗
Kenzaburo Jo

石黒達也
Tatsuya Ishiguro

片岡彦三郎
Hikosaburo Kataoka

丹羽又三郎
Matasaburo Niwa

北城寿太郎
Jutaro Hojo

浅野進治郎
Shinjiro Asano

伊達三郎
Saburo Date

天王寺虎之助
Toranosuke Tennoji

植村謙二郎
Kenjiro Uemura

水原浩一
Koichi Mizuhara

林寛
Hiroshi Hayashi

寺島雄作
Yusaku Terashima

高倉一郎
Ichiro Takura

舟木洋一
Yoichi Funaki

堀北幸夫
Yukio Horikita

岩田正
Tadashi Iwata

菊野昌代士
Masanobu Kikuno

西岡弘善
Hiroyoshi Nishioka

志賀明
Akira Shiga

藤川準
Jun Fujikawa

三木正八郎
Masahachiro Miki

森宏之
Hiroyuki Mori

滝のぼる
Noboru Taki

国枝勢津子
Setsuko Kunieda

美吉かほる
Kahoru Miyoshi

小林加奈枝
Kanae Kobayashi

千石泰三
Yuzo Sengoku

越川一
Ichi Koshikawa

滝川潔
Kiyoshi Takigawa

森田健二
Kenji Morita

細谷新吾
Shingo Hosoya
監督
Director
池広一夫
Kazuo Ikehiro