The Tale of Zatoichi

Shintaro Katsu was far from a household name in Japan in the late fifties, but following a role in Kazuo Mori’s 1959 chanbara, Samurai Vendetta, Katsu really found his feet and fame as a blind masseur seeking power at any cost in Mori’s follow-up picture with the actor, Shiranui Kengyo. In this film Katsu played a pretty unlikable character, but the public took to him as an actor and in 1962 he teamed up with director Kenji Misumi to play another blind masseur; this time one with an incredible talent with the sword and an even greater skill for telling the difference between right and wrong.

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