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This review is from: Ichi [Blu-ray]  (Blu-ray)
`Ichi' is a modern take on the Zatoichi theme and whilst not bad, doesn't quite live up to it's predecessor. The whole film has a slightly `made for TV' quality about it, I can't put my finger on it but it's not as polished as it could be and the filming style seems more suited to a TV drama. There are beautiful set pieces, locations and costumes and these are the real highlights of the film. It has to be said that this film doesn't have the best acting skills in it, but the direction more than makes up for this with some excellently framed shots. The close ups of various natural scenes (Japanese maple leaves and pond fish for example) are stunning in their simplicity. The fight scenes are well choreographed and whilst graphic in places they aren't as excessive as some other films I've seen or compared to the regular gore fest films that come out of Hollywood these days. The storyline is fairy engaging and kept me watching until the end, although I'm not sure how soon I'll be re-watching this film, it may be a one watch wonder. If you like the Zatoichi film and Japanese dramas in general then this will right up your street and is well worth considering.
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