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Zatoichi, the famed blind swordsman, returns to his home village for the first time in many years. He is befriended by Omiyo, who had the same wet-nurse as Zatoichi. He also encounters a boyhood friend, Shinbei, who now is wealthy and appears not to remember Zatoichi. Shinbei seems to be interested in repaying the villagers' debts, but is in reality manipulating the ownership of a now-valuable rock quarry. Zatoichi learns of the subterfuge and confronts his old friend, who has a score of yakuza swordsmen backing his play.

  1. Kimiyoshi Yasuda


  2. Kei Hattori


  3. Kan Shimosawa


Top Billed Cast

  1. Shintarō Katsu

    Shintarō Katsu

    Zatoichi / Blind Man Ichi

  2. Yukiyo Toake

    Yukiyo Toake


  3. Eiji Okada

    Eiji Okada

    Shinbei of Hitachiya

  4. Kei Satō

    Kei Satō


  5. Yoshio Tsuchiya

    Yoshio Tsuchiya

    Superintendant Shobei

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Zatoichi's Conspiracy
Zatoichi's Conspiracy



Original Title 新座頭市物語・笠間の血祭り

Status Released

Release Information

  • April 21, 1973


Original Language Japanese

Runtime 1h 28m

Budget -

Revenue -



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