In one of the most unusual films of the series, Zatoichi is hired to kill a man who owes a huge gambling debt to a yakuza boss. But the boss' true motives are exposed when the victim's sister, Osode, arrives with the money to pay back the debt, which she has acquired through prostitution. Realizing he has been tricked, Zatoichi vows to protect the young woman, and steps in to fight the gang boss for her honor. The result is a stunning display of violent swordplay that will appear to any action fan.
Color, English subtitles, 1968, 82 min. Region 1 coded.