f Wild Realm Reviews: The Zatoichi Series

Katsu as Zatoichi

THE ZATOICHI SERIES
INDEX WITH DIRECTORS
& ALTERNATIVE TITLES





Zatoichi 1. ZATOICHI MONOGATARI. 1962
LIFE & OPINION OF MASSEUR ICHI
TALES OF ZATO ICHI
THE TALE OF ZATOICHI
Director: Kenji Misumi

2. ZOKU ZATOICHI MONOGATARI. 1962
THE RETURN OF MASSEUR ICHI
THE TALE OF ZATOICHI CONTINUES
Director: Kazuo Mori

3. SHIN ZATOICHI MONOGATARI. 1963
MASSEUR ICHI ENTERS AGAIN
NEW TALE OF ZATOICHI
THE BLIND SWORDSMAN'S RETURN
ZATOICHI ENTERS AGAIN
Director: Tokuzo Tanaka

4. ZATOICHI KYOJO-TABI. 1963
ZATOICHI, THE FUGITIVE
MASSEUR ICHI, THE FUGITIVE
ZATOICHI, CRAZY JOURNEY
ZATOICHI'S CRIMINAL JOURNEY
Director: Tokuzo Tanaka

5. ZATOICHI KENKA-TABI. 1963
ZATOICHI ON THE ROAD
MASSEUR ICHI ON THE ROAD
ZATOICHI & THE SCOUNDRELS
ZATOICHI'S FIGHTING JOURNEY
Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda

6. ZATOICHI SEN-RYO KUBI. 1964
ZATOICHI & THE CHEST OF GOLD
MASSEUR ICHI & THE CHEST OF GOLD
ZATO ICHI'S HEAD FOR A THOUSAND RYO
Director: Kazuo Ikehiro
(Note: The photo at the top of the page, & the
first poster on the right, are from this film.)

7. ZATOICHI ABARE DAKO. 1964
ZATOICHI'S FLASHING SWORD
THE BLIND SWORDSMAN'S FLASHING SWORD
THE SWORD OF ZATOICHI
ZATOICHI'S RAGING KITE
Director: Kazuo Ikehiro

8. ZATOICHI KESSHO TABI. 1964
FIGHT, ZATOICHI, FIGHT
ZATOICHI'S JOURNEY OF BLOOD & LAUGHTER
Director: Kenji Misumi

9. ZATOICHI SEKISHO YABURI. 1964
THE ADVENTURES OF A BLIND MAN
ADVENTURES OF ZATOICHI
ZATOICHI BREAKS THROUGH THE BARRIER
ZATOICHI BREAKING THROUGH THE GATE
Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda

10. ZATOICHI NIDAN GIRI. 1965
ZATOICHI'S REVENGE
THE BLIND SWORDSMAN'S REVENGE
Director: Akira Inoue

11. ZATOICHI SAKATE GIRI. 1965
ZATOICHI & THE DOOMED MAN.
Director: Kazuo Mori

12. ZATOICHI JIGOKU TABI. 1965
ZATOICHI & THE CHESS EXPERT
THE BLIND SWORDSMAN & THE CHESS EXPERT
ZATOICHI'S TRIP TO HELL
SHOWDOWN FOR ZATOICHI
Director: Kenji Misumi

Zatoichi 13. ZATOICHI NO UTA GA KIKOERU. 1966
THE BLIND SWORDSMAN'S VENGEANCE
ZATOICHI'S VENGEANCE
Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda

14. ZATOICHI UMI-O WATARU. 1966
ZATOICHI'S PILGRIMAGE
THE BLIND SWORDSMAN'S PILGRIMAGE
Director: Kazuo Ikehiro

15. ZATOICHI TEKKA TABI. 1967
THE BLIND SWORDSMAN'S CANE SWORD
ZATOICHI'S CANE SWORD
Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda

16. ZATOICHI RO-YABURI. 1967
ZATOICHI, THE OUTLAW
THE BLIND SWORDSMAN'S RESCUE
ZATOICHI BREAKS JAIL
Director: Satsuo Yamamoto

17. ZATOICHI CHI KEMURI KAIDO. 1967
ZATOICHI CHALLENGED
Director: Kenji Misumi
[Note: This script was refilmed in America as Blind Fury, 1989]

18. ZATOICHI HATASHI-JO. 1968
THE BLIND SWORDSMAN & THE FUGITIVES
ZATOICHI & THE FUGITIVES
ZATOICHI, A LETTER OF CHALLENGE
Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda

19. ZATOICHI KENKA DAIKO. 1968
THE BLIND SWORDSMAN SAMARITAN
SAMARITAN ZATOICHI
THE BLIND SWORDSMAN & THE DRUMS
ZATOICHI & THE DRUM
ZATOICHI: FIGHTING DRUMS
Director: Kenji Misumi

20. ZATOICHI TO YOJINBO. 1970
ZATOICHI MEETS YOJIMBO
ZATOICHI VS. YOJIMBO
Director: Kihachi Okamoto

21. ZATOICHI ABARE HIMATSURI. 1970
ZATOICHI'S FESTIVAL OF FIRE
THE BLIND SWORDSMAN'S FIRE FESTIVAL
ZATOICHI GOES TO THE FIRE FESTIVAL
ZATO ICHI AT THE FIRE FESTIVAL
Director: Kenji Misumi

22. SHIN ZATOICHI: YABURE! TOJIN KEN!. 1971
ZATOICHI MEETS THE ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN
ZATOICHI MEETS HIS EQUAL
ZATOICHI MEETS HIS MATCH
ZATOICHI & THE ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN
ZATOICHI, DESTROY THE CHINESE SWORD!
Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda

23. ZATOICHI GOYO TABI. 1972
ZATOICHI AT LARGE
Director: Kazuo Mori

24. SHIN ZATOICHI MONOGATARI: ORETA TSUE. 1972
ZATOICHI IN DESPERATION
ZATOICHI'S BROKEN CANE SWORD
Director: Shintaro Katsu

25. SHIN ZATOICHI MONOGATARI: KASAMA NO CHIMATSURI. 1973
ZATOICHI'S CONSPIRACY
THE BLIND SWORDSMAN'S CONSPIRACY
NEW ZATOICHI TALE: BLOODBATH AT KASAMA
NEW TALE OF ZATOICHI: A BLOOD FESTIVAL AT KASAMA
ZATOICHI AT THE BLOOD FESTIVAL
Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda

26. ZATOICHI. 1989
SHINTARO KATSU'S ZATOICHI
Director: Shintaro Katsu

Zatoichi ZATOICHI. 2003
BLIND SWORDSMAN: ZATOICHI
Director: Takeshi Kitano


ZATOICHI
ON
TELEVISON:



ZATOICHI MONOGATORI
3 October 1974 to 17 April 1975
Twenty-six First Season Television Episodes.
ZATOICHI MONOGATARI 1:1: A CHALLENGE OF CHANCE. 1974

ZATOICHI MONOGATARI 1:2: THE FLOWER THAT BLOOMED WITH THE LULLABY. 1974

ZATOICHI MONOGATARI 1:3: MEMORIAL DAY & THE BELL OF LIFE. 1974


ZATOICHI MONOGATARI 1:4: THE KANNON STATUE THAT WAS TIED. 1974

ZATOICHI MONOGATARI 1:5: THE HEARTLESS MAN, TOUCHED BY COMPASSION. 1974


ZATOICHI MONOGATARI 1:6: POURING RAIN

ZATOICHI MONOGATARI 1:7: A BIRD LANDS ON ICHI. 1974


ZATOICHI MONOGATARI 1:8: AN UNFORGETTABLE FLOWER. 1974

ZATOICHI MONOGATARI 1:9: THE TWO ZATOICHIS. 1974


ZATOICHI MONOGATARI 1:10: THE SUMO WRESTLER WHO FOUND HIS WAY HOME. 1974

ZATOICHI MONOGATARI 1:11: THE WHIRLWIND OF KISOJI MOUNTAIN. 1974

ZATOICHI MONOGATARI 1:12: HUMANITY & JUSTICE. 1974

ZATOICHI MONOGATARI 1:13: THE 1,000 RYO RAFFLE. 1974


SHIN ZATOICHI
4 October 1976 to 25 April 1977
Twenty-nine Second Season Television Episodes.

SHIN ZATOICHI
9 January 1978 to 22 May 1978
Nineteen Third Season Television Episodes.

SHIN ZATOICHI
16 April 1979 to 19 November 1979
Twenty-Six Fourth Season Television Episodes.


Crimson Bat

Addendum I:
BLIND
SWORDSWOMAN
SERIES


Addendum I-a: The Crimson Bat:
CRIMSON BAT: THE BLIND SWORDSWOMAN
BLIND OICHI STORY: RED BIRD OF FLIGHT
(MEKURA NO OICHI MONOGATARI: MAKKANA NAGARADORI) 1969
Director: Sadaji Matsuda

TRAPPED, THE CRIMSON BAT
(MEKURA NO OICHI JOGOKUHADA) 1969
Director: Sadaji Matsuda

WATCH OUT, THE CRIMSON BAT!
LADY TIGER & SWORD
WOMAN SAMURAI
(MEKURA NO OICHI MIDARE-GASA ) 1969
Director: Hirokazu Ichimura

CRIMSON BAT: OICHI, WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE
(MEKURA NO OICHI INOCHI MORAIMASU) 1970
Director: Hirokazu Ichimura


Faithful Woman
Addendum I-b: Chinese blind swordswomen:
SAD STORY OF A FAITHFUL WOMAN
aka, BLIND SWORDSWOMAN, or
BLIND GIRL FLYING SWALLOW
(BIYEON MAENGNYEO) 1969
Director: Choi Kyeong-Ok

A FIERCE ANIMAL
aka, HURRICANE SWORD
(MAENGSU) 1969
Director: Lim Won-Shik

HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS
(SHI MIAN MAI FU) 2004
Director: Yimou Zhang


Addendum II:
IMITATION
ZATOICHIS
from China, Korea
& Indonesia:


Taiwan's Zatoichi
Addendum II-a: With Shintaro Katsu impersonator:
GOLDEN SWORD & THE BLIND SWORDSMAN
aka, THE HUNCHBACK; or,
ZATOICHI THE BLIND SWORDSMAN. 1970
Director: Chui Kin-chau

ZATOICHI & THE WHITE WOLF
aka, BLIND HERO FIGHTING EVIL WOLF; or
THE BLIND SWORDSMAN VS WHITE WOLF. 1972
Director: Ying Lee

ZATOICHI VS THE FLYING GUILLOTINE
aka, THE BLIND SWORDSMAN'S REVENGE, or
A SWORD RENOUNCED. 1974
Director: Larry Tu Chong-hsun (Tai Chung Fung)

Taiwan's Zatoichi
Addendum II-b: Sino-ized takes:
THE SHARP-HEARING SWORDSMAN
aka, THE BLIND SWORDSMAN. 1969
Director: Gam Sing Yam

THE FAST SWORD
(DUO MING JIN JIAN) 1971
Director: Wong Fung

BLACK EAGLE'S BLADE
aka, BLIND SWORDSMAN. 1981
Director: Cheung Paang Yik

WHITE DRAGON
aka, THE FLYING HEROINE: LITTLE WHITE DRAGON
(FEI HAP SIU BAAK LUNG) 2004


Blind
Addendum II-c: Buta the Indonesian Zatoichi:

THE WARRIOR & THE BLIND SWORDSMAN
(SI BUTA LAWAN JAKA SEMBUNG) 1983
Director: Worod Suma

BLIND WARRIOR
(NERAKA PERUT BUMI) 1987
Director: Ratno Timoer



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