Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival

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Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival
Directed byKenji Misumi
Produced byShintaro Katsu[1]
Screenplay by
  • Shintaro Katsu
  • Takayuki Yamada[2]
Story byKan Shimosawa[1]
Music byIsao Tomita[2]
CinematographyKazuo Miyagawa[1]
Edited byToshio Taniguchi[2]
Release date
  • 12 August 1970 (1970-08-12) (Japan)
Running time
95 minutes[1]

Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (座頭市あばれ火祭り) is a 1970 Japanese Chambara film directed by Kenji Misumi and starring Shintaro Katsu, who also produced and co-wrote the script. It is the twenty-first of a series of films featuring the blind swordsman Zatoichi. The main character is based on a fictional character, a blind masseur and swordmaster. He was created by novelist Kan Shimozawa and set during the late Edo period (1830s and 1840s).


During his wanderings, Zatoichi comes across with a group of people connected with an infamous Yakuza boss, known as "Dark Lord" Yamikubo. Yamikubo is blind like Ichi, but he is indeed evil, and rules with an iron fist a great region of lands and towns who pay tribute to him. After Zatoichi tries to help a woman who has been bought at a "mistress auction" organized by one of Yamikubo's henchmen, the Dark Lord uses the beautiful Okiyo, his protégé, as a spy who must seduce and take Ichi his shikomi-zue (cane sword) away. But shortly after meeting him, Okiyo falls in love with Ichi and refuses to carry out her mission. Yamikubo then devises another way of drawing the blind swordsman close and kill him during the famous "Fire Festival", which Zatoichi decides to attend despite the danger involved.



Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival was released in Japan on August 12, 1970.[1] The film was followed-up with the sequel Zatoichi Meets His Equal.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g Galbraith IV 1996, p. 456.
  2. ^ a b c d "Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival". The Criterion Collection. Retrieved February 10, 2019.


  • Galbraith IV, Stuart (1996). The Japanese Filmography: 1900 through 1994. McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0032-3.

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