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The Tale of Zatoichi Continues

The Tale of Zatoichi Continues
File:The Tale of Zatoichi Continues.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Kazuo Mori
Written by Kazuo Mori
Starring Shintaro Katsu
Music by Ichirō Saitō
Cinematography Shōzō Honda
Editing by Toshio Taniguchi
Studio Daiei Film
Distributed by Daiei Film
Release date(s)
Running time 72 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

The Tale of Zatoichi Continues (続・座頭市物語 Zoku Zatōichi Monogatari?) is a 1962 Japanese film directed by Kazuo Mori and starring Shintaro Katsu as Zatoichi the blind swordsman, a character created by Kan Shimozawa. The Tale of Zatoichi Continues is the second entry in the popular, long-running Zatoichi series.

Plot

Zatōichi, the expert blind swordsman and masseur is hired to massage a powerful political leader. When Zatōichi learns of the nobleman's unstable mental condition, his followers are determined to kill him to keep their leader's condition a secret. After the master swordsman has defeated the attackers, Zatōichi must face Yoshirō, a much-feared one-armed swordsman with whom the blind masseur has an unexpected connection.[1][2][3]

Cast

  • Shintaro Katsu as Zatōichi[4]
  • Yoshie Mizutani (Yaeko Mizutani) as Osetsu
  • Masayo Banri as Otane
  • Tomisaburo Wakayama (credited as Jo Kenzaburo) as Nagisa no Yoshirō
  • Yutaka Nakamura as Kagami no Sanzo
  • Sonosuke Sawamura as Seki no Kanbei
  • Eijirō Yanagi as Sukegoro Hanoka
  • Saburo Date as Morisuke

Critical response

DVD Talk's review judges The Tale of Zatoichi Continues to be less interesting in plot than the previous film, The Tale of Zatoichi, but more quickly-paced than the first film. According to the review, the musical score by Ichirō Saitō is more melodramatic than Akira Ifukube's score for the first film, though melodrama is not out of character for the series. The casting of Tomisaburo Wakayama—lead actor Shintaro Katsu's older brother—in the role of Yoshirō, the one-armed swordsman, lends the film more interest.[5]

In Stray Dogs & Lone Wolves: The Samurai Film Handbook (2005), Patrick Galloway also judges the pacing of this second film in the series to be tighter than the first. He notes that this film has the first large-scale battle in the series, with Zatōichi taking on fifty to sixty opponents at once. Galloway praises Katsu's ability to move quickly in a way that obscures the choreography in the fights.[3]

Availability

The Tale of Zatoichi Continues was released theatrically on October 12, 1962.[6] In Japan, the film has been released on videotape in 1984 and 1992, and in DVD format in 2003.[7] Home Vision Entertainment released it in the US on DVD on May 14, 2002.[5] The film is also available on the streaming service Hulu.[8]

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External links

  • AllRovi
  • Internet Movie Database
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