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Ikuro Suzuki (writer)
Teruo Tanaka (characters)
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Release Date:
30 July 1969 (USA) See more »
A young blind girl is abandoned by her mother. When her guardian is killed, she learns to wield a sword from a traveling "Ronin". She travels to seek her mother and her revenge. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Yôko Matsuyama ... Oichi
Chizuko Arai ... Omon
Jun Tatara ... Nihei
Shin'ichi Yanagisawa
Akitake Kôno ... Yasuke
Misako Tominaga
Bin Amatsu ... Denzô
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Isamu Nagato ... Jûbê

Directed by
Sadatsugu Matsuda  (as Teiji Matsuda)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ikuro Suzuki  writer
Teruo Tanaka  characters

Original Music by
Hajime Kaburagi 
Cinematography by
Shintarô Kawasaki 
Art Direction by
Toshitaka Kurahashi 
Other crew
Teruo Tanaka .... animated story

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Also Known As:
"Blind Oichi Story: Red Bird of Flight" - USA (bootleg title)
"Crimson Bat, the Blind Swordswoman" - International (English title)
"Crimson Pirate" - Australia (imdb display title)
"Makkana nagaradori" - Japan (short title)
"A kardforgatónö" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"Die blinde schwertschwingende Frau" - East Germany
"Oici, korveni mac pravde" - Yugoslavia (Serbian title)
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88 min | Germany:87 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Followed by Mekurano Oichi jigokuhada (1972)See more »


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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
She's No Zatoichi, 11 January 2003
Author: masercot from Manassas, Va

Okay, it you compete with the well-paced and well-directed Zatoichi movies, you will be compared to them. Crimson Bat doesn't hold a candle to Zatoichi; however, the movie that I just saw (the first of the Crimson Bat series) was not bad. Yoko Matsuyama's character is mostly set on revenge and that puts it into the class of mundane samurai movies. Zatoichi had a zen pace to it...a series of things that happened.

Oichi, the blind swordswoman, has a face as expressionless as a china doll. One could do a lot with such a face, as in Kurasawa's Throne of Blood. Sadly, it ended up as an average sword-fighting movie, well worth watching, but not really worth a repeat viewing...

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