The Tale of Zatoichi Continues – 1962
The opening scene places Zatoichi on a boat with a group of Samurai, who decide to hunt down Ichi after he slashes one of them. Within a few moments there is a heated band of Samurai demanding revenge, but a mysterious one- armed swordsman Yoshiro (Kenzaburo Joh) steps in and maims many of the swordsmen. Ichi’s problems really begin when he is recruited to massage the
lord at the House of Kuroda. The lord has a ‘condition’ (he seems insane), and they decide that Zatoichi must be killed so this secret cannot spread. Boss Kanbei is hired to kill Zatoichi, and he discovers that Ichi is on his way to Joshoji Temple to pay his respects to Hirate Miki exactly one year after killing him.
Yoshiro is also in trouble as he is a wanted gangster, and Sukegoro (whom Ichi stayed with for 10 days in the original) expels Yoshiro from his residence. He then follows him with an armed guard in order to capture him. The finale involves Ichi fighting with Kanbei’s men at the same bridge where he fought Hirate one year earlier. Zatoichi slaughters all of Kanbei’s men and before he can finish off Boss Kanbei, Yoshiro steps in to fight his brother. Both have a deadly grudge to bear against each other. Yoshiro stoles Ichi’s love, Chiyo, away from him and Ichi crippled Yoshiro. Both are badly injured in the duel but manage to escape Sukegoro’s men by
jumping in the river. Yoshiro’s wounds are lethal but Ichi survives and exacts his revenge on Boss Sukegoro.