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Ichi (2008)

 -  Action  -  25 October 2008 (Japan)
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Ichi is a blind woman who roams about town with her shamisen (a three-stringed Japanese guitar), but she has exceptional sword skills with which she fights off yakuza and other villains.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Haruka Ayase ...
Ichi
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Banki
Yôsuke Kubozuka ...
Toraji Shirakawa
Takao Ohsawa ...
Toma Fujihira
Gô Rijû ...
Kihachi
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Mitsu
Tetsuo Yamashita
Ayumu Saitô
Toru Tezuka
Kumiko Tsuchiya
Shirô Namiki ...
Kataoka
Tetta Sugimoto ...
Blind man
Megumi Yokoyama ...
Toma's mother
Eri Watanabe ...
Ohama
Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi
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Ichi is a blind woman who roams about town with her shamisen (a three-stringed Japanese guitar), but she has exceptional sword skills with which she fights off yakuza and other villains.

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sword | jidai geki | morality | spear | kimono | See more »

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Rated R for sequences of bloody violence, and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Version of Zatoichi: The Last (2010) See more »

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Lyrics by Natsumi Kobayashi
Composed by Ryosuke "Dr.R" Sakai
Arrangement by Yoichiro Kakizaki
Performed by SunMin
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Lord, Give Me a Personality!
23 October 2010 | by (Manassas, Va) – See all my reviews

The premise of this movie is simple: What if Zatoichi had a daughter who was born blind and without a personality? The result would be Ichi. Those who say we shouldn't compare this to the Zatoichi movies should understand that the movie itself is based upon the Zatoichi series. Fair is fair.

It is a shame that the woman took on a personality like the Takashii Zatoichi as opposed to the superior Shintaro Katsu version of the character. It was a solid movie; however, there was very little that was likable about Ichi's character. As an action movie, it wasn't too bad.

This is the second time that someone has missed the point concerning the success of the Zatoichi franchise. Shintaro Katsu's Ichi was interesting, with or without a sword. He was a mixture of Jesus Christ, Toshiro Mifune and Curly from the Three Stooges. The copies have been life-less cut-outs...with one exception...

The Crimson Bat series had a title character with a personality...a different personality in each of her four movies. I hope that, when the next blind swords-person movie is made, they pay attention to what made the old ones great.


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