Zatoichi and the One-Armed Swordsman

Zatoichi and the One-Armed Swordsman (新座頭市・破れ!唐人剣, Shin Zatōichi: Yabure! Tōjin-ken), also known as Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman, is a 1971 Japanese-Hong Kong chambara/wuxia crossover by Japanese film director Kimiyoshi Yasuda and Chinese film director Hsu Tseng Hung. The film stars Shintaro Katsu as the blind swordsman Zatoichi and Jimmy Wang Yu as the "One-Armed Swordsman" Wang Kang. It is a crossover of the long-running Zatoichi series and the One-Armed Swordsman film series.

Zatoichi and the One-Armed Swordsman (新座頭市・破れ!唐人剣)
Directed byKimiyoshi Yasuda
Produced byShintaro Katsu
Wong Ming
Screenplay byTakayuki Yamada
Kimiyoshi Yasuda
Story byKan Shimozawa
StarringShintaro Katsu
Jimmy Wang Yu
CinematographyChikashi Makiura
Production
companies
Katsu Productions
Wing Luen Movie Film Company
Distributed byDainichi Eihai
Golden Harvest
Release date
  • 13 January 1971 (1971-01-13)
Running time
94 minutes
CountriesJapan
Hong Kong
LanguagesJapanese
Mandarin

The Chinese edit of the film, known as 獨臂刀大戰盲俠 (pinyin: Dú Bì Dāo Dà Zhán Máng Xiá, jyutping: Duk6 Bei3 Dou1 Daai6 Zin3 Maang4 Hap6), reportedly had more wuxia content with scenes showing the One-Armed Swordsman walking across the tops of trees, and also featured a different ending where instead of Zatoichi it was Wang Kang who was victorious in the final duel, and without killing his opponent. Both versions were shown theatrically in Hawaii. It is unknown where prints of this alternate version reside.[1]

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