Zatichi on the Road (1963)

Director
Kimiyoshi Yasuda

Main cast
Shintarô Katsu; Shiho Fujimura; Ryuzo Shimada; Reiko Fujiwara; Matasaburo Niwa

Genres
Action, Adventure, Drama

Description
Zatoichi is sworn to protect the life of a young girl and without any real allies finds himself in the middle of a bloody turf war.


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