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Shintarô Katsu

  • Nov 29, 1931 - Jun 21, 1997 (age 65)
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2006
Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice
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MovieJul 22, 2006

Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice

Hanzo Itami is an …
Hanzo Itami is an incorruptible Edo officer who learns that an infamous killer has fled from his island prison. Hanzo begins tracking him down using his unorthodox interrogation techniques.
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1998
Award1998

Special Award from the Chairman

Won Japan Academy Prize …
Won Japan Academy Prize for Special Award from the Chairman.
Japan Academy Prize
1997
Shintarô Katsu
PersonalJune 1997

Shintarô Katsu

Shintarô Katsu passed away.
1990
Rônin-gai
MovieAug 18, 1990

Rônin-gai

A group of masterless samurai living in Edo's red light …
A group of masterless samurai living in Edo's red light district must fend off a militia bent on wiping out local prostitutes.
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Saga of the Phoenix
MovieJan 3, 1990

Saga of the Phoenix

The Holy Maiden of Hell, Ashura possesses immense power …
The Holy Maiden of Hell, Ashura possesses immense power that can destroy humanity. Buddhist monks trap her in a deep cave to keep her from falling into evil hands. Kindhearted Abbot Jiku grants her wish to enjoy the human world for 7 days.
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1989
Zatoichi
MovieFeb 4, 1989

Zatoichi

Older, wiser but still a wandering loner, the blind, peace-loving …
Older, wiser but still a wandering loner, the blind, peace-loving masseur Ichi seeks a peaceful life in a rural village. When he's caught in the middle of a power struggle between two rival Yakuza clans, his reputation as a deadly defender of the innocent is put to the ultimate test in a series of sword-slashing showdowns.
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1988
Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis
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MovieJan 30, 1988

Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis

A demonic reincarnation of a …
A demonic reincarnation of a Japanese general from the 10th century appears in the early 20th century Tokyo with a mission to destroy the blooming city.
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1980
Shogun Assassin
MovieNov 11, 1980

Shogun Assassin

Long ago there was a great samurai warrior who served …
Long ago there was a great samurai warrior who served his Shogun honorably. The Shogun however grew paranoid as he became more and more senile. The Shogun sought to destroy all those who might stand to oppose his rule, and so he sent his ninja spies to the samurai's home. The ninjas failed to kill the samurai, but did kill his beloved wife. From then on, the samurai swore on his honor to seek out the Shogun and avenge the death of his love. The samurai roams the countryside with his toddler son taking on mercenary work for money until the final battle with the Shogun's three Masters of Death.
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1974
Akumyo: shima arashi
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MovieApr 24, 1974

Akumyo: shima arashi

Akumyo: shima arashi is a film directed by Yasuzo Masumura.
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Hanzo the Razor: Who's Got the Gold?
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MovieFeb 9, 1974

Hanzo the Razor: Who's Got the Gold?

Follow the money. In a time …
Follow the money. In a time of economic disaster for wage earners, Hanzo discovers a conspiracy among high officials to "borrow" gold from the shogunate's treasury and loan it out to the destitute, including impecunious samurai - exacting either interest payments or family heirlooms from the debtors. Along the way, Hanzo extracts a confession from a ghost using his assaulting methods, foils thieves, connects with Heisuke Takei a friend from his youth, offers protection to a forward-thinking physician Genan Sugino who has defamed his ruler, discovers a pleasure ring of young wives and a blind music teacher, and cuckolds a corrupt official under his very nose.
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1973
Zatoichi's Conspiracy
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MovieApr 21, 1973

Zatoichi's Conspiracy

Zatoichi, the famed blind …
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.
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1972
Zatoichi in Desperation
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MovieSep 2, 1972

Zatoichi in Desperation

Star Shintaro Katsu sits in …
Star Shintaro Katsu sits in the director's chair for this psychedelic and unremittingly bleak entry in the Zatoichi series, which is unlike any other in its grind-house grimness. A tale of innocence corrupted by sadistic, sleazy criminality, the film is propelled by Easy Rider-esque editing and a trippy seventies funk score by Kunihiko Murai.
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Zatoichi at Large
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MovieJan 15, 1972

Zatoichi at Large

On the road, Zatoichi meets a dying pregnant woman and …
On the road, Zatoichi meets a dying pregnant woman and delivers the child moments before she passes. Honor bound, he sets out to find the next-of-kin who he discovers have their own problems.
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Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance
MovieJan 15, 1972

Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance

In this first film of the Lone …
In this first film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, adapted from the manga by Kazuo Koike, we are told the story of the Lone Wolf and Cub's origin. Ogami Itto, the official Shogunate executioner, has been framed for disloyalty to the Shogunate by the Yagyu clan, against whom he now is waging a one-man war, along with his infant son, Daigoro.
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1971
Inochi bô ni furô
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MovieSep 1, 1971

Inochi bô ni furô

The story takes place in feudal Japan, when any commerce …
The story takes place in feudal Japan, when any commerce with the rest of the world was strictly prohibited. An idealist suddenly appears in an isolated inn (the one that the title refers to), the head-quarters of a group of smugglers, with stolen money intended to ransom his loved one who is forced to work in a brothel.
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Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman
MovieJan 13, 1971

Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman

While traveling the Japanese …
While traveling the Japanese countryside the blind masseur Zatoichi comes across the One Armed Swordsman, Wang Kang, who is in hiding and protecting a child from a corrupt Japanese priest and a group of yakuza. Zatoichi and Wang Kang, each from very different worlds yet heroic swordsman in their own right, at first seem to get along but a language barrier and a series of misunderstanding leads Kang to distrust Ichi. Soon the two heroes are at each other throats while each attempts to stop the true villains from taking the child.
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1970
Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival
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MovieAug 12, 1970

Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival

Zatoichi meets an infamous …
Zatoichi meets an infamous blind leader of a gangster organization as he contends with a gloomy ronin widower.
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Machibuse
MovieApr 21, 1970

Machibuse

In the Edo period, a nameless ronin accepts an assignment to go …
In the Edo period, a nameless ronin accepts an assignment to go to a mountain pass and wait. Near the pass he stops at an inn where a collection of characters gather, including a gang set on stealing shogunate gold that's soon to come over the pass. When the Ronin's assignment becomes clear, to help the gang, he's ordered to kill the inn's residents, including a woman he's rescued from an abusive husband. He's reluctant to murder innocent people; then he learns that the gold shipment is a trap and he's part of a double cross. How he sorts through these divided loyalties tests of his samurai honor, and perhaps of his love for a woman.
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Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo
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MovieJan 15, 1970

Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo

With a price on his head, Ichi …
With a price on his head, Ichi seeks tranquillity in a favorite village. Since his last visit, it has fallen prey to Boss Masagoro, the son of a merchant rumored to have stolen gold from the shogunate. The boss has hired Yojimbo as his hard-drinking enforcer, but Yojimbo is both a spy for the shogunate, trying to find the gold, and in love with the merchant's unwilling mistress, Umeno. Ichi hires on as the merchant's masseur and buys Umeno's freedom with his employer's own money. This embarrasses Yojimbo who withdraws from a pact with Ichi to stir up trouble between father and son and their gangs. As the two sides fight, Ichi finds the gold and sets up a final set of confrontations.
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1969
Hitokiri
MovieAug 9, 1969

Hitokiri

Izo Okada, a ronin (masterless samurai), desperately seeks …
Izo Okada, a ronin (masterless samurai), desperately seeks a way out of his financial straits. He allies himself with the Tosa clan under the ruthless leader, Takechi, and imagines that he has come up in the world. But Takechi makes Izo a killer and a puppet, filled with self-loathing and a need to stop Takechi.
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1968
Samaritan Zatoichi
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MovieDec 28, 1968

Samaritan Zatoichi

Zatoichi is tricked by a crime gang into killing a man. Realizing …
Zatoichi is tricked by a crime gang into killing a man. Realizing his mistake, he sets out to protect the dead man's sister, who is conflicted in accepting his help.
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Zatoichi and the Fugitives
MovieAug 10, 1968

Zatoichi and the Fugitives

Blind masseur and master …
Blind masseur and master swordsman Zatoichi becomes involved with a gang of bandits hiding out in a small village. While they hide in the attic of a silk mill, they manipulate the corrupt chief official of the town. Simultaneously Zatoichi tries to rescue a young woman from the sweatshop conditions of the mill. Eventually he must confront not only the leaders of the town but the outlaw gang in battle.
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The Man Without a Map
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MovieJun 1, 1968

The Man Without a Map

A private detective is hired to …
A private detective is hired to find a missing man by his wife. Contradictory evidence and the lack of clues soon render the case as virtually unsolvable, as the detective grows more and more frustrated.
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1967
Zatoichi Challenged
MovieDec 30, 1967

Zatoichi Challenged

Ichi is staying at an inn when a woman dies. Her dying wish …
Ichi is staying at an inn when a woman dies. Her dying wish is that Ichi take her son to his father, an artist living in a nearby town. After arriving in the town, Ichi finds out that the father has been forced by a local boss to create illegal pornography to pay off his gambling debts. Ichi makes it his mission to save tha man and reunite the family, even though it brings him into conflict with a samurai he sort of befriended on his way to the town
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Zatoichi the Outlaw
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MovieAug 12, 1967

Zatoichi the Outlaw

In a town where debt-ridden peasants are being ruthlessly …
In a town where debt-ridden peasants are being ruthlessly exploited, Zatoichi is forced to take sides between a cruel yakuza boss and his seemingly altruistic rival.
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Zatoichi's Cane Sword
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MovieJan 3, 1967

Zatoichi's Cane Sword

Zatoichi, while fighting off the …
Zatoichi, while fighting off the usual group of gangsters, meets the apprentice of the swordsman who created his blade, who relays bad news about the sword.
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1966
Zatoichi's Pilgrimage
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MovieAug 13, 1966

Zatoichi's Pilgrimage

Zatoichi's trek through 88 …
Zatoichi's trek through 88 temples to atone for his violent past is interrupted as he stumbles into a village terrorized by a violent yakuza boss.
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Zatoichi's Vengeance
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MovieMay 3, 1966

Zatoichi's Vengeance

Promising to make a delivery for a dying man, the blind …
Promising to make a delivery for a dying man, the blind swordsman Zatoichi comes across the usual crime gangs but also meets a blind monk who brings into question his use of violence.
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1965
Zatoichi and the Chess Expert
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MovieDec 24, 1965

Zatoichi and the Chess Expert

A samurai with a high skill in …
A samurai with a high skill in chess makes friends with Zatoichi, who finds that things become peculiar in his presence.
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Zatoichi and the Doomed Man
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MovieSep 18, 1965

Zatoichi and the Doomed Man

Blind swordsman Zatoichi, …
Blind swordsman Zatoichi, jailed briefly, is implored by another prisoner to aid him in proving his innocence of a crime for which he is sentenced to death. Zatoichi is reluctant to get involved, because he knows how often such involvement has led to trouble in the past. But events conspire to thrust him repeatedly into involvement, and gradually he comes to believe in the man's innocence and determines to free him.
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Zatoichi's Revenge
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MovieApr 3, 1965

Zatoichi's Revenge

Itinerant masseur and master swordsman, the blind …
Itinerant masseur and master swordsman, the blind Zatoichi, is near the village of his teacher, Hikonoichi, so he decides to visit. He learns of Hikonoichi's recent robbery and murder and the imprisonment of his virginal daughter, Osayo, in a brothel. Through friendship with Denroku, a local dice thrower and devoted father, Ichi uncovers an unholy alliance between the governor and the area strongman: among their scams is falsifying tax records to put farmers in debt, then forcing their daughters into prostitution at the boss's brothel. With help from Denroku's daughter, Otsuru, Ichi comforts Osayo until he can provoke showdowns with the villains and their henchmen.
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The Hoodlum Soldier
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MovieMar 18, 1965

The Hoodlum Soldier

A young intellectual conscientious objector is forced to serve …
A young intellectual conscientious objector is forced to serve with the Japanese army in Manchuria. He joins with a dim-witted former gangster in an effort to desert by stealing a train.
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1964
Adventures of Zatoichi
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MovieDec 30, 1964

Adventures of Zatoichi

Blind swordsman/masseuse …
Blind swordsman/masseuse Zatoichi befriends a young woman looking for her father, a village leader who has disappeared. As he helps her investigate the disappearance, Zatoichi also becomes involved with another young woman who is trying to help her brother, who has murdered someone at about the same time and place as the missing man was last seen.
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Fight, Zatoichi, Fight
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MovieOct 17, 1964

Fight, Zatoichi, Fight

Blind swordsman/masseuse …
Blind swordsman/masseuse Zatoichi befriends a young woman returning home with her baby. When gangsters mistake her for Zatoichi and kill her, Zatoichi determines to escort the baby to its father. He gains the reluctant help of a young pick pocket and together they travel to find the baby's father. But they do not reckon on the father's reaction to their arrival, nor on their own growing feelings for the child.
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Ryûtarô Gan
ChildAugust 1964

Ryûtarô Gan

Ryûtarô Gan was born on August 9, 1964 in Kyoto City, Kyoto …
Ryûtarô Gan was born on August 9, 1964 in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan as Takehiro Okumura. He is an actor, known for Toyotomi Hideyoshi tenka wo toru! (1995), Zatoichi (1989) and Biriken (2008).
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Zatoichi's Flashing Sword
MovieJul 11, 1964

Zatoichi's Flashing Sword

Blind masseur Zatoichi is …
Blind masseur Zatoichi is nursed back to health by a young woman after he is shot by a gang member. Zatoichi, who had come to the village to repay a debt, now feels further indebted. He commits himself to use his amazing sword skills to help the young woman's father, whose river-crossing service is under attack by the same gang responsible for Zatoichi's wounds.
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Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold
MovieMar 14, 1964

Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold

Zatoichi is mistaken for a …
Zatoichi is mistaken for a thief. To clear his name he must find and defeat the real villain.
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1963
Zatoichi on the Road
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MovieNov 30, 1963

Zatoichi on the Road

Zatoichi promises to deliver a maiden safely home but finds …
Zatoichi promises to deliver a maiden safely home but finds two dangerous gangs have a mysterious interest in the young girl.
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Zatoichi the Fugitive
MovieAug 10, 1963

Zatoichi the Fugitive

A yakuza gang targets the …
A yakuza gang targets the blind masseur Zatoichi after he defeats their group in a wrestling match. Meanwhile a long lost love of Zatoichi's returns to his life.
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New Tale of Zatoichi
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MovieMar 15, 1963

New Tale of Zatoichi

Blind masseur and master swordsman, Zatoichi, is tired …
Blind masseur and master swordsman, Zatoichi, is tired of killing. He journeys to his old village looking for peace, but is pursued by the brother of Boss Kanbei, a man he's killed. Back home, Ichi connects with Banno, his teacher, who seeks prestige and has arranged for his younger sister, Yayoi, to marry into a wealthy samurai family. Ichi and Yayoi realize they are in love, but Ichi's request for her hand meets with Banno's derision. Ichi is also drawn into Banno's plot to kidnap the son of a wealthy man, ostensibly to aid the Mito Goblins, a gang of thieves on the run; but Banno wants to keep the ransom. Ichi wants harmony and love, but can he escape a destiny of violence?
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An Actor's Revenge
MovieJan 13, 1963

An Actor's Revenge

Yukinojo, a Kabuki actor, seeks revenge by destroying the …
Yukinojo, a Kabuki actor, seeks revenge by destroying the three men who caused the deaths of his parents. Also involved are the daughter of one of Yukinojo's targets, two master thieves, and a swordsman who himself is out to kill Yukinojo.
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1962
The Tale of Zatoichi Continues
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MovieOct 12, 1962

The Tale of Zatoichi Continues

The blind masseur and …
The blind masseur and swordsman, Zatoichi, learns of a powerful political figure's secret and is quickly tailed by a group of killers.
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The Tale of Zatoichi
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MovieApr 12, 1962

The Tale of Zatoichi

An impoverished blind masseur becomes a mercenary …
An impoverished blind masseur becomes a mercenary swordsman, to gain basic respect. The first of novelist Kan Shimozawa's Zatoichi series: 26 films, a TV series and a play, all but two starring controversial singer/producer/director Shintaro Katsu. First of six Zatoichi films directed by Kenji Misumi. The shrewd Zatoichi targets a yakuza-controlled village, because war with a neighboring town's smaller gang is brewing. The broke ex-masseur "Ichi" immediately wins big, by taking advantage of local bakuto's cheating, after they scoff at his asking to join a dice game. The larger horde, who have been given carte blanche by the local governor, summoned Zatoichi. Zatoichi hates the fact that he's become an outlaw, so he strikes up a friendship with the other gang's honorable hired samurai, who has TB.
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1961
Buddha
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MovieNov 1, 1961

Buddha

Buddha released.
Tamao Nakamura
Marriage1961

Tamao Nakamura

Tamao Nakamura (中村 玉緒, Nakamura Tamao), born July …
Tamao Nakamura (中村 玉緒, Nakamura Tamao), born July 12, 1939 in Kyoto, Japan, is a Japanese actress. She was married to Shintaro Katsu.
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1960
Agent Shiranui
MovieSep 1, 1960

Agent Shiranui

Before he portrayed the legendary blind swordsman, Zatoichi, …
Before he portrayed the legendary blind swordsman, Zatoichi, Shintaro Katsu played Suganoichi, a blind court masseur with a dark side. An outcast since birth, he learned from a young age that the only way to get ahead was to take advantage of others. Now an expert con-artist with a heart of coal, Suganoichi is on a vile quest for power, and everyone else will suffer along the way!
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The Demon of Mount Oe
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MovieApr 27, 1960

The Demon of Mount Oe

A team of samurai warriors …
A team of samurai warriors team up to defeat a shape-changing, supernatural creature.
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1959
Samurai Vendetta
MovieNov 22, 1959

Samurai Vendetta

Tange Tenzen and Nakayama Yasubei are honorable …
Tange Tenzen and Nakayama Yasubei are honorable samurai living in an era of corrupt officials and treacherous clans. But after finding themselves in opposing clans and ensnared in a love triangle, only bloodshed can ensue! An epic tale of slashing swords, cutting betrayal, and bloody revenge, Samurai Vendetta is justly hailed as one of the best samurai films ever made!
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Jirôchô Fuji
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MovieJun 2, 1959

Jirôchô Fuji

An all-star cast from Daiei Film Company has made "the …
An all-star cast from Daiei Film Company has made "the ultimate Jirocho movie" about the legendary yakuza Shimizu no Jirocho, the biggest Boss in the Tokaido area.
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1958
Nichiren to Mōko Daishūrai
MovieOct 1, 1958

Nichiren to Mōko Daishūrai

Legendary Buddhist monk …
Legendary Buddhist monk Nichiren (Kazuo Hasegawa) returns from his studies to lead Japan out of moral crisis and prepare to fight the Mongol invaders during the 1200's by creating a new ...
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The Loyal 47 Ronin
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MovieApr 1, 1958

The Loyal 47 Ronin

Japan's timeless tale of honor and revenge, the Loyal 47 Ronin …
Japan's timeless tale of honor and revenge, the Loyal 47 Ronin is the true story of group of samurai who became ronin (masterless samurai) after their Lord was forced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) for assaulting a court official, Kira Yoshinaka, who had insulted him. After patiently waiting and planning for over a year, they executed a daring assault on Lord Kira's estate, and exacted their revenge, in the full knowledge that they would themselves be forced to commit seppuku to atone for their crime.
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1957
An Osaka Story
MovieMar 6, 1957

An Osaka Story

Story follows a poor peasant family that through hardship gets …
Story follows a poor peasant family that through hardship gets some money and how that change them.
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1956
Ghost-Cat of Gojusan-Tsugi
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MovieJul 19, 1956

Ghost-Cat of Gojusan-Tsugi

Ghost-Cat of Gojusan-Tsugi …
Ghost-Cat of Gojusan-Tsugi (怪猫五十三次 Kaibyo Gojusan-tsugi) is a 1956 Japanese horror (J-Horror) film directed by Bin Kado for Daiei Film. It was filmed in black and white, Academy ratio format (fullscreen) and was never dubbed in English.
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1931
Shintarô Katsu
BirthNovember 1931

Shintarô Katsu

Shintarô Katsu was born.
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