On a yakuza assassination mission, Zatôichi turns on his employer when he realizes he's been tricked.
Zatôichi confronts a corrupt police official and an outlaw gang to free a young woman enslaved in a silk mill.
Zatôichi reunites a father and son, but now he must take on the father's new boss: a local yakuza leader.
Zatôichi learns the origin of his famous cane sword, and discovers it may soon fail in battle.
Troubled by his violent past, Zatôichi embarks on a pilgrimage to a series of seaside shrines, but bandits interrupt his spiritual journey.
After a bloody mission to deliver a large sum of money to a dying man's son, Zatôichi questions his violent lifestyle and his future as a swordsman.
Zatôichi befriends a chess-loving wandering samurai and helps a young girl accidentally wounded in a sword fight.
Zatôichi helps free an affable con man's falsely imprisoned father.
Arriving in a village plagued by corruption and deceit, Zatôichi vows to avenge his slain master.
Zatôichi helps a young woman track down her missing father.
Pursued by assassins, Zatôichi must deliver an orphaned infant to his father.
Zatôichi is provoked into a sword-swinging fury by a disreputable gang leader trying to oust a rival boss.
Accused of theft, Zatôichi must clear his name while being pursued by a maniacal, bullwhip-wielding ronin.
Zatôichi helps a servant girl escape a lascivious feudal lord and two deadly yakuza gangs.
The blind swordsman is caught between two gang bosses and must fight his way out of an intense territorial dispute.
Zatôichi returns to his home village to discover that his former teacher has been hiring out his swordsmanship skills to kidnappers.
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