Showdown For Zatoichi

  • 1968
  • Movie
  • NR
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It is the Japanese New Year, and Katsu, a blind master swordsman, is on his way to Mount Fuji for a huge celebration. He is attacked by five robbers but defeats them easily despite his handicap. Katsu continues his trek via ship and on board wins a large sum of money while gambling. The gamblers are members of a gang led by Hayashi. Katsu also meets Narita,...read more

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It is the Japanese New Year, and Katsu, a blind master swordsman, is on his way to Mount Fuji for a huge celebration. He is attacked by five robbers but defeats them easily despite his handicap. Katsu continues his trek via ship and on board wins a large sum of money while gambling. The

gamblers are members of a gang led by Hayashi. Katsu also meets Narita, a fine chess player/swordsman, and the two leave ship together when it reaches its destination. Hayashi is waiting for the blind man and leads him to a seeming doom. But the gang leader is no match for the swordsman and loses

a battle, though a little girl nearby is accidentally wounded. Katsu is overcome with guilt and tries to gamble his winnings to earn money for the girl's medicine. This time he loses, but his friend, Narita, wins and pays for the needed medicine. It turns out that the girl's mother, Iwasaki, is

the widow of a man that Katsu has previously slain in self-defense. Hayashi's gang wants her to spy on the man, but she falls for him instead. Katsu soon becomes troubled when he learns that Narita enjoys killing others. A young samurai warrior and his sister come to town looking for the person

responsible for their father's brutal murder. It dawns on Katsu that Narita is the one behind it, realizing he must kill his friend. Before they can engage in a showdown, however, Narita is killed by the brother and sister of his victim.

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