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The Blind Swordsman's Flashing Sword
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Cast:Kazuo Ikehiro, Shintaro Katsu, Naoko Kubo

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. Bruce Eder

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