Zatichi the Fugitive (1963)

Director
Tokuzô Tanaka

Main cast
Shintarô Katsu; Miwa Takada; Masayo Banri; Katsuhiko Kobayashi; Jun'ichirô Narita

Genres
Drama, Adventure, Action

Description
After arriving in the town of Shimonita, Ichi finds that a price has been put on his head by a local yakuza boss. He's drawn into a trap, but after hearing of the slaying of a former love, Ichi furiously fights his way through the entire clan to face the killer, a hired ronin.


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