In a role that would become the stuff of legend, Shintaro Katsu is introduced as the blind masseur/swordsman. Zatoichi is practicing his trade in a small province, which is quickly overrun by rival warlords fighting for control. Knowing Zatoichi's ability, one of the warlords tries unsuccessfully to hire his services, but by no means will Ichi be able to simply stand by. The rival warlord hires his own warrior who ruthlessly seeks to challenge Masseur Ichi, which reminds us to be careful of what we wish for.
DVD, English subtitles, 1962, 96 min., black and white, 2.35:1 aspect ratio. This DVD is coded for All Region.

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