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Ichi (2008)

R  |   |  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 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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Rated R for sequences of bloody violence, and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Lyrics by Natsumi Kobayashi
Composed by Ryosuke "Dr.R" Sakai
Arrangement by Yoichiro Kakizaki
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Character-focused samurai drama comes recommended
11 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

ICHI is a Japanese samurai movie with a twist: the blind warrior of the title is a woman in this one. Heavily based on the popular and long-running ZATOICHI series of films, the story sees Ichi ending up in a small town that's been overrun by bandits. The plot is complicated when another swordsman, traumatised by the events of his past, falls in love with her, is mistaken for an expert swordsman, and becomes the town's protector.

There are shades of YOJIMBO in the look, style, and feel of this production, but it manages to be a successful film in its own right. It also reminded me a little of AZUMI, although ICHI is more drama than action focused. And it's in the characters and the human drama where this film excels: there's emotion to spare in this story, along with characters you learn and care about throughout, and the acting as a whole is superior for the production.

ICHI is hardly an action packed movie but there are some key moments that impress, alongside an extended climax that makes up for some of the slower points in the story. The swordplay is over with pretty quickly, as is the norm for samurai cinema, and CGI blood is overused, but it's not much of a detraction. As a whole this is a mature, intelligent, and enjoyable piece of historical film-making.


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