Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo

Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo


座頭市と用心棒
Zatōichi To Yōjinbō
Zatoichi and Yojimbo

Director Kihachi Okamoto
Producer Shintaro Katsu
Hiroyoshi Nishioka
Original Story Kan Shimozawa
Screenplay Kihachi Okamoto
Tetsuro Yoshida
Photography Kazuo Miyagawa
Sound Tsuchitaro Hayashi
Lighting Genji Nakaoka
Art Yoshinobu Nishioka
Music Akira Ifukube
Editor Toshio Taniguchi
Production Companies Daiei, Katsu Productions
Release Date January 15, 1970
Runtime 115 minutes
Preceded by Samaritan Zatoichi (1968)
Followed by Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)
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座頭市と用心棒
Zatōichi To Yōjinbō
Zatoichi and Yojimbo

Staff
Director Kihachi Okamoto
Producer Shintaro Katsu
Hiroyoshi Nishioka
Original Story Kan Shimozawa
Screenplay Kihachi Okamoto
Tetsuro Yoshida
Photography Kazuo Miyagawa
Sound Tsuchitaro Hayashi
Lighting Genji Nakaoka
Art Yoshinobu Nishioka
Music Akira Ifukube
Editor Toshio Taniguchi
Info
Production Companies Daiei, Katsu Productions
Release Date January 15, 1970
Runtime 115 minutes
Preceded by Samaritan Zatoichi (1968)
Followed by Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)

Zatoichi arrives in a village torn between the rival factions of silk merchant Eboshiya and his son Masagoro. Zatoichi earns the good graces of Eboshiya by massaging him, and learns about his other son, Sanemon, who is working for the government. He deduces that Eboshiya has amassed a small fortune in gold as a result of Sanemon’s embezzlements, and that the gold is hidden somewhere in the village. By going to work for Eboshiya, Zatoichi earns the dislike of Sasa, a ronin hired by Masagoro. Sasa tries to intimidate and frighten Eboshiya into giving away some clue to the whereabouts of the gold, so that Masagoro can seize it for himself. The feud between Sasa and Zatoichi intensifies when Sasa learns that Zatoichi has a past history with his would-be lover, Umeno.

Hyoroku, one of Zatoichi’s old friends from childhood, has been making small statues to place in a cemetery in memory of those who died in a great famine. In particular, those who died at the village entrance trying to steal the excess food stored away by the otherwise peaceful villagers. Hyoroku reveals that they invited Eboshiya to take power in the village in exchange for his protection from the wandering bandits. Hyoroku builds the statues to ease his conscience. Meanwhile, a mysterious assassin named Kuzuryu arrives and slays the corrupt inspector providing cover to Eboshiya. Kuzuryu intercepts Sanemon, who is returning home to claim his gold. Kuzuryu has Sanemon witness Masagoro’s invasion of Eboshiya’s mansion. Sasa confronts Eboshiya and reveals himself to be a government agent investigating the embezzlements. Kuzuryu is another agent sent to collaborate with him. They trick Sanemon into striking Eboshiya, throwing the old man into a panic. He flees his mansion and heads for the cemetery.

Zatoichi has already deduced that the gold was concealed in Hyoroku’s statuettes at the cemetery, and has had the gold poured out onto the ground. Eboshiya slays Sanemon to prevent him from taking it, and Kuzuryu kills both Eboshiya and Masagoro. Kuzuryu reveals that he is mutinying and taking the gold for himself. He attempts to slay Sasa, but accidentally wounds Umeno. Sasa kills Kuzuryu in a rage, and then turns on Zatoichi. As the two duel, the blacksmith tends to Umeno. The blacksmith announces that Umeno will live, and the two swordsmen abandon the duel. Zatoichi gives his regards to Umeno and departs, but not before futilely feeling about for any leftover gold.

製作
Producer
勝新太郎
Shintaro Katsu

西岡弘善
Hiroyoshi Nishioka
原作
Original Story
子母沢寛
Kan Shimozawa
脚本
Screenplay
岡本喜八
Kihachi Okamoto

吉田哲郎
Tetsuro Yoshida
撮影
Photography
宮川一夫
Kazuo Miyagawa
録音
Sound
林土太郎
Tsuchitaro Hayashi
照明
Lighting
中岡源権
Genji Nakaoka
美術
Art
西岡善信
Yoshinobu Nishioka
音楽
Music
伊福部昭
Akira Ifukube
編集
Editor
谷口登司夫
Toshio Taniguchi
音響効果
Sound Effects
倉嶋暢
Manabu Kurashima
擬斗
Action
湯浅謙太郎
Kentaro Yuasa
助監督
Assistant Director
中西忠三
Chuzo Nakanishi
製作主任
Production Manager
眞田正典
Masanori Sanada
現像
Developing
東洋現像所
Toyo Laboratory
出演者
Performers


勝新太郎
Shintaro Katsu

若尾文子
Ayako Wakao

滝沢修
Osamu Takizawa

米倉斉加年
Masakane Yonekura

岸田森
Shin Kishida

嵐寛寿郎
Kanjuro Arashi

神山繁
Shigeru Koyama

細川俊之
Toshiyuki Hosokawa

寺田農
Minori Terada

砂塚秀夫
Hideo Sunazuka

草野大悟
Daigo Kusano

常田富士男
Fujio Tokita

木村元
Gen Kimura

田中浩
Hiroshi Tanaka

木村博人
Hiromi Kimura

五味龍太郎
Ryutaro Gomi

浜田雄史
Hideo Hamada

越川一
Ichi Koshikawa

黒木現
Gen Kuroki

新関順司郎
Shinjiro Shinsho

熱田洋子
Yoko Atsuta

巣山プロ剣睦会
Suyama Pro Fencing Society

三船敏郎
Toshiro Mifune
監督
Director
岡本喜八(東宝)
Kihachi Okamoto (Toho)