Zatoichi Challenged

Zatoichi Challenged


座頭市血煙り街道
Zatōichi Chikemurikaidō
Zatoichi Blood Smoke Road

Director Kenji Misumi
Original Story Kan Shimozawa
Screenplay Ryozo Kasahara
Photography Chikashi Makiura
Sound Gen Otani
Lighting Reijiro Yamashita
Art Shigenori Shimoishizaka
Music Akira Ifukube
Editor Toshio Taniguchi
Theme Song Performer Shintaro Katsu
Production Companies Daiei
Release Date December 30, 1967
Runtime 87 minutes
Preceded by Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967)
Followed by Zatoichi and the Fugitives (1968)
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座頭市血煙り街道
Zatōichi Chikemurikaidō
Zatoichi Blood Smoke Road

Staff
Director Kenji Misumi
Original Story Kan Shimozawa
Screenplay Ryozo Kasahara
Photography Chikashi Makiura
Sound Gen Otani
Lighting Reijiro Yamashita
Art Shigenori Shimoishizaka
Music Akira Ifukube
Editor Toshio Taniguchi
Theme Song Performer Shintaro Katsu
Info
Production Companies Daiei
Release Date December 30, 1967
Runtime 87 minutes
Preceded by Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967)
Followed by Zatoichi and the Fugitives (1968)

Zatoichi stays at an inn, where he is made to share a room with a boy and his dying mother. The mother requests Zatoichi to take the boy, Ryota, to find his father in Maebara, and passes away. Zatoichi and Ryota make their way to Maebara, where Zatoichi inquires after the father, Shokichi. He learns that Shokichi was previously apprenticed to a potter, Tahei, but fell in with a bad crowd under Boss Gonzo and disappeared. At the same time Zatoichi tries to find Shokichi, a mysterious samurai, Akatsuka, is investigating Gonzo and his benefactors.

Shokichi is actually being held hostage at Gonzo’s, and is being forced to create erotic and lewd designs for printing on forbidden ceramic pottery, to be sold on the black market. Akatsuka is a government agent tasked with rooting out the corruption in Maebara that is allowing the trade to occur. He slays the local inspector, Torikoshi, and sets his sights on Gonzo and Shokichi. Zatoichi learns of Shokichi’s predicament and rescues him from the yakuza, delivering him safely to Tahei’s, where he’s reunited with Ryota. Shokichi and Tahei’s daughter, Omitsu, plan to marry and raise Ryota together.

Gonzo’s men raid Tahei’s place, slaying him and kidnapping Omitsu and Ryota, in a bid to draw out Zatoichi and Shokichi. Zatoichi storms Gonzo’s estate, slaying Boss Gonzo and his soldiers while Shokichi rescues Omitsu and Ryota. On their way out of town, they are confronted by Akatsuka, who is duty bound to execute Shokichi. Zatoichi pleads their case but the samurai is resolute, and challenges Zatoichi to a duel. However, when Zatoichi loses his sword and resists Akatsuka completely unarmed, Akatsuka is moved by his selflessness and admits defeat, allowing Shokichi and his new family to leave in peace.

企画
Planning
久保寺生郎
Ikuo Kubodera
原作
Original Story
子母沢寛
Kan Shimozawa
脚本
Screenplay
笠原良三
Ryozo Kasahara
撮影
Photography
牧浦地志
Chikashi Makiura
録音
Sound
大谷厳
Gen Otani
照明
Lighting
山下礼二郎
Reijiro Yamashita
美術
Art
下石坂成典
Shigenori Shimoishizaka
音楽
Music
伊福部昭
Akira Ifukube
編集
Editor
谷口登司夫
Toshio Taniguchi
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
西沢鋭治
Eiji Nishizawa
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

近衛十四郎
Jushiro Konoe

高田美和
Miwa Takada

朝丘雪路
Yukiji Asaoka

坪内ミキ子
Mikiko Tsubouchi

中尾ミエ
Mie Nakao

伊藤孝雄
Takao Ito

小池朝雄
Asao Koike

磯村みどり
Modori Isomura

松村達雄
Tatsuo Matsumura

小沢栄太郎
Eitaro Ozawa

千波丈太郎
Jotaro Senba

草薙幸二郎
Kojiro Kusanagi

田武謙三
Kenzo Tabu

なべおさみ
Osami Nabe

戸田皓久
Takahisa Toda

藤山浩二
Koji Fujiyama

水原浩一
Koichi Mizuhara

毛利郁子
Ikuko Mori

杉山昌三九
Shosaku Sugiyama

寺島雄作
Yusaku Terashima

南條新太郎
Shintaro Nanjo

伊東光一
Koichi Ito

玉置一恵
Kazue Tamaki

堀北幸夫
Yukio Horikita

沖時男
Tokio Oki

斉藤信也
Shinya Saito

小林加奈枝
Kanae Kobayashi

勝村淳
Jun Katsumura

上原寛二
Kenji Uehara

伊東義高
Yoshitaka Ito

森内一夫
Kazuo Moriuchi

山岡鋭二郎
Eijiro Yamaoka

西田弘善
Hiroyoshi Nishida

薮内武司
Takeshi Yabuchi

園恵子
Keiko En

谷口和子
Kazuko Taniguchi
監督
Director
三隅研次
Kenji Misumi