Zatoichi and the Fugitives

Zatoichi and the Fugitives


座頭市果し状
Zatōichi Hatashijō
Zatoichi Letter of Challenge
Director Kimiyoshi Yasuda
Original Story Kan Shimozawa
Screenplay Kinya Naoi
Photography Kazuo Miyagawa
Sound Gen Otani
Lighting Genji Nakaoka
Art Shigeru Kato
Music Hajime Kaburagi
Editor Kanji Suganuma
Theme Song Performer Shintaro Katsu
Production Companies Daiei
Release Date August 10, 1968
Runtime 82 minutes
Preceded by Zatoichi Challenged (1967)
Followed by Samaritan Zatoichi (1968)

座頭市果し状
Zatōichi Hatashijō
Zatoichi Letter of Challenge

Director Kimiyoshi Yasuda
Original Story Kan Shimozawa
Screenplay Kinya Naoi
Photography Kazuo Miyagawa
Sound Gen Otani
Lighting Genji Nakaoka
Art Shigeru Kato
Music Hajime Kaburagi
Editor Kanji Suganuma
Theme Song Performer Shintaro Katsu
Production Companies Daiei
Release Date August 10, 1968
Runtime 82 minutes
Preceded by Zatoichi Challenged (1967)
Followed by Samaritan Zatoichi (1968)

Zatoichi arrives in a village under the thumb of Boss Matsugoro. Normally Matsugoro is a temperate yakuza, but he’s been blackmailed by a gang of ruthless thugs into providing them shelter. In exchange, Matsugoro uses them to eliminate undesirables in his domain. Zatoichi stays with Junan, a doctor, and his daughter Oshizu. Zatoichi makes himself known to Matsugoro, which only makes the yakuza more paranoid. To further complicate matters, Gen, the leader of the thugs, is the estranged, dissolute son of Junan.

When a prominent merchant is murdered, Zatoichi immediately casts suspicion upon Matsugoro. Matusgoro, fearing the truth will get out to the regional inspector, decides to have Zatoichi eliminated. Zatoichi eludes capture, but is seriously injured. The sympathetic villagers bring him to Junan for treatment. The yakuza descend on Junan and Oshizu, kidnapping them and torturing them to find Zatoichi.

Zatoichi appears in Matsugoro’s mill, struggling to stay upright, but still lethal. He frees Oshizu and Junan, slaying Matsugoro and many of his men. Finally Zatoichi has a final showdown with the thugs, eliminating them one by one. At the last moment, Zatoichi slays Gen, unaware that he is Junan’s son. Junan and Oshizu grieve for Gen as Zatoichi departs.

企画
Planning
久保寺生郎
Ikuo Kubodera
原作
Original Story
子母沢寛
Kan Shimozawa
脚本
Screenplay
直居欽哉
Kinya Naoi
撮影
Photography
宮川一夫
Kazuo Miyagawa
録音
Sound
大谷厳
Gen Otani
照明
Lighting
中岡源権
Genji Nakaoka
美術
Art
加藤茂
Shigeru Kato
音楽
Music
鏑木創
Hajime Kaburagi
編集
Editor
菅沼完二
Kanji Suganuma
擬斗
Action
楠本栄一
Eiichi Kusumoto
音響効果
Sound Effects
倉嶋暢
Manabu Kurashima
助監督
Assistant Director
中西忠三
Chuzo Nakanishi
製作主任
Production Manager
吉岡徹
Toru Yoshioka
主題歌
Theme Song
大映レコード
Daiei Records

Performer
勝新太郎
Shintaro Katsu
現像
Developing
東洋現像所
Toyo Laboratory
出演者
Performers


勝新太郎
Shintaro Katsu

野川由美子
Yumiko Nogawa

三木本賀代
Kayo Mikimoto

待田京介
Kyosuke Machida

志村喬
Takashi Shimura

井上昭文
Shobun Inoue

小松方正
Hosei Komatsu

北城寿太郎
Jutaro Hojo

千波丈太郎
Jotaro Senba

土方弘
Hiroshi Hijikata

水原浩一
Koichi Mizuhara

原聖四郎
Shiro Harasei

南部彰三
Shozo Nanbu

山本一郎
Ichiro Yuki

舟橋竜次
Ryuji Funabashi

堀北幸夫
Yukio Horikita

越川一
Ichi Koshikawa

石原須磨男
Sumao Ishihara

春日清
Kiyoshi Kasuga

芝田總二
Soji Shibata

近江輝子
Teruko Omi

勝村淳
Jun Katsumura

薮内武司
Takeshi Yabuchi

西岡弘善
Hiroyoshi Nishioka

山岡鋭二郎
Eijiro Yamaoka

菊野昌代士
Masanobu Kikuno

暁新二郎
Shinjiro Akira

芦川進
Susumu Ashikawa

藤春保
Kei Fujiharu

織田利枝子
Keiko Oda

水町由香里
Yukari Mizumachi

谷口和子
Kazuko Taniguchi

長友宗之
Masayuki Nagatomo
監督
Director
安田公義
Kimiyoshi Yasuda