A dying woman begs Zatoichi to reunite her son with his father, who is working ina small town. But when the son and father meet, Zatoichi finds out that the father has been forced to work for gangsters. Using his lightning sword, Zatoichi takes on the crime boss in a relentless blend of action, violence, and comedy that makes "Challenged" one of the best in the long-running series.
Color, English subtitles, 1967, 86 min. Region 1 coded.