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Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo

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Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo

Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo
Directed by Kihachi Okamoto
Produced by Shintaro Katsu
Written by Kihachi Okamoto
Tetsuro Yoshida
Starring Shintaro Katsu
Toshiro Mifune
Ayako Wakao
Music by Akira Ifukube
Release dates
  • 15 January 1970 (1970-01-15)
Running time
79 min
Country Japanese
Language Japan

Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo is a 1970 Japanese drama film directed by Kihachi Okamoto. It is the twentieth of a series of films featuring the blind swordsman Zatoichi. The main character is based on a fictional character, a blind masseur and swordmaster. He was created by novelist Kan Shimozawa and set during the late Edo period (1830s and 1840s).

In this film, the actor Toshiro Mifune plays a similar character to Sanjuro, the ronin (masterless samurai) in Akira Kurosawa's famous film Yojimbo (1961). Although Mifune is clearly not playing the same man (his name here is Daisaku Sasa, and his personality and background are different in many key respects), the film's title and some of its content play on the idea of the two iconic jidaigeki characters confronting each other. (Incident at Blood Pass, made in the same year, also stars Mifune in a role similar to that of Yojimbo.)


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