Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival

Kenji Misumi (director)
Shintaro Katsu, Kan Shimozawa (screenwriter)
Shinatro Katsu (starring)

Tokyo/Kyoto: Daiei Studios, circa 1970. Final script for the 1970 Japanese film, seen here under the alternate title "Zatochi: The Killer's Song." Single folded leaf with a xerographically duplicated character list laid in with single holograph ink notation. Text in Japanese.

The longest-running action series in Japanese history and one of the screen’s great heroes, the character of Zatoichi, a blind masseur and swordmaster was created by novelist Kan Shimozawa, first appearing on film in 1962. A total of 26 films were made from 1962 to 1989. "Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival" is the 21st film of the series, where Zatoichi is mentored by the blind leader of a secret organization as he contends with both the Yakuza and a jealous husband.

Set in the Japanese Edo period.

Blue titled wrappers. Title page present. 69 leaves, with last page of text numbered c-50. Mechanical duplication. Pages Near Fine with mild foxing on papers edge, wrapper Very Good plus, title on spine.

Criterion Collection 679.

[Book #143238]