Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964)

Genres - Action, Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Costume Adventure, Samurai Film  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |  
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The blind swordsman Zatoichi (Shintaro Katsu) goes up against an ambitious crime boss who isn't above kidnapping and murder. He must rescue a fireworks specialist who has been kidnapped for his expertise with gunpowder as a weapon. This film tells us something of the origins of Zatoichi's training in martial arts, as a way of compensating for his blindness, and his preferred method of using darkness as a weapon against sighted opponents.

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gangster, blindness [physical], boss [employer], courage, feud, gambling, Japan, masseuse, on-the-run, outlaw [Western], revenge, Samurai, Superhero, sword