Zatoichi's Cane Sword

Zatoichi's Cane Sword


座頭市鉄火旅
Zatōichi Tekkatabi
Zatoichi Fire Journey

Director Kimiyoshi Yasuda
Original Story Kan Shimozawa
Screenplay Ryozo Kasahara
Photography Senkichiro Takeda
Sound Masao Osumi
Lighting Kenji Furuya
Art Yoshinobu Nishioka
Music Ichiro Saito
Editor Toshio Taniguchi
Production Companies Daiei
Release Date January 3, 1967
Runtime 93 minutes
Preceded by Zatoichi's Pilgrimage (1966)
Followed by Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967)
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座頭市鉄火旅
Zatōichi Tekkatabi
Zatoichi Fire Journey

Staff
Director Kimiyoshi Yasuda
Original Story Kan Shimozawa
Screenplay Ryozo Kasahara
Photography Senkichiro Takeda
Sound Masao Osumi
Lighting Kenji Furuya
Art Yoshinobu Nishioka
Music Ichiro Saito
Editor Toshio Taniguchi
Info
Production Companies Daiei
Release Date January 3, 1967
Runtime 93 minutes
Preceded by Zatoichi's Pilgrimage (1966)
Followed by Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967)

Zatoichi arrives in a village around the New Year festival, and is taken in by Senzo, a blacksmith. Senzo’s family fell into abject poverty some time ago, and he let his daughter Oshizu be adopted by Shogoro, the local boss. However, Shogoro was recently killed by a highway robber, and rival boss Iwagoro moved in to take his territory. Iwagoro is in league with Kuwayama, a corrupt inspector, who lets Iwagoro conduct his gambling business in exchange for favors. Senzo has Zatoichi hired on at Oshizu’s inn as a masseur, coincidentally at the same time Iwagoro reserves a number of rooms in which to host his gambling operations. Zatoichi leaves his cane sword with Senzo, after the blacksmith warns him that the sword is irreparably damaged and will snap in its next duel.

Oshizu seeks to have Seikichi, son of the late Shogoro, ascend to take his father’s place and restore his birthright. Kuwayama lures her to enter his service, promising to give Seikichi his backing against Iwagoro. Zatoichi learns that it’s all a ploy to take Oshizu as his mistress, and warns Oshizu against acting too rashly. Oshizu is bound by her duty, however, and decides to enter Kuwayama’s service. Meanwhile, Kuwayama learns of a new sword Senzo has been forging for years as a gift to the late Shogoro, and seeks to take it as his own. After Oshizu departs for his estate, Kuwayama dispatches a hitman to slay Sekichi, Senzo, and steal the sword.

Zatoichi arrives too late to save Senzo, and retrieves his cane sword. He sneaks into Kuwayama’s estate and hides until Iwagoro’s men leave. He confronts Kuwayama, who draws the stolen sword. Zatoichi slays him, revealing that Senzo had switched blades and put the new one into Zatoichi’s cane. Zatoichi rescues Oshizu and returns to the inn, where he slays Iwagoro and decimates his gang.

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
武田千吉郎
Senkichiro Takeda
録音
Sound
大角正夫
Masao Osumi
照明
Lighting
古谷賢次
Kenji Furuya
美術
Art
西岡善信
Yoshinobu Nishioka
音楽
Music
斎藤一郎
Ichiro Saito
編集
Editor
谷口登司夫
Toshio Taniguchi
擬斗
Action
宮内昌平
Shohei Miyauchi
助監督
Assistant Director
宮嶋八蔵
Yoshizo Miyajima
製作主任
Production Manager
西沢鋭治
Eiji Nishizawa
現像
Developing
東洋現像所
Toyo Laboratory
出演者
Performers


勝新太郎
Shintaro Katsu

藤村志保
Shiho Fujimura

青山良彦
Yoshihiko Aoyama

水前寺清子(クラウン)
Kiyoko Suizenji (Crown)

藤田まこと
Makoto Fujita

東野英治郎
Eijiro Tono

山下洵一郎
Junichiro Yamashita

五味龍太郎
Ryutaro Gomi

須賀不二男
Fujio Suga

明星雅子
Masako Akeboshi

春川ますみ
Masumi Harukawa

遠藤辰雄
Tatsuo Endo

水原浩一
Koichi Mizuhara

伊達三郎
Saburo Date

高杉玄
Gen Takasugi

尾上栄五郎
Eigoro Onoe

寺島雄作
Yusaku Terashima

木村玄
Gen Kimura

北竜二
Ryuji Kita

堀北幸夫
Yukio Horikita

玉置一恵
Kazue Tamaki

春日清
Kiyoshi Kasuga

岩田正
Tadashi Iwata

勝村淳
Jun Katsumura

薮内武司
Takeshi Yabuchi

森下昌子
Masao Morishita

谷口和子
Kazuko Taniguchi

橘公子
Kimiko Tachibana

大杉潤
Jun Osugi

布目真爾
Masa Tsuyoshi

松田剛武
Takeshi Matsuda

暁新二郎
Shinjiro Akira

加賀美健一
Kenichi Kagami

三藤愛子
Aiko Mito

大谷鷹子
Takako Otani

久本延子
Kumiko Kumoto

大杉育美
Ikumi Osugi
監督
Director
安田公義
Kimiyoshi Yasuda