- Actors: Haruka Ayase
- Directors: Fumihiko Sori
- Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen
- Language: Japanese
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Manga Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 24 Aug. 2009
- Run Time: 116 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B002AF4BRQ
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,722 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Ichi [DVD] 
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Ichi (Haruka Ayase) is a blind minstrel wandering from town to town in feudal Japan. She is spurred on by the search for one man the blind warrior who trained her in martial arts as a child. When she is threatened by a group of bandits, she is saved by Toma (Takao Osawa), an incompetent samurai who is unable to draw his sword. Rescuing her rescuer, she continues her journey, only to discover that the locals now think that Toma is a superb swordsman. The townsfolk want him as a lawman, the bandits want him dead, and none of them realise that it is Toma s blind associate who is the true martial artist. Reluctantly, Ichi becomes embroiled in a battle between two gangs for the mastery of the town. However, Ichi s initial feelings about her involvement change when she discovers that the gang leader Banki (Shido Nakamura) may know the whereabouts of the man she is seeking.
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After an exiting introduction we are treated to the stunning scenary, period clothing and sets, and slow pace we would expect from this type of film. Those unfamiliar and expecting an all out action film may be soon disappointed. There is plenty of character building and story to squeeze in around the action, and there is none of the gore of Lady Snowblood, none of the fancy stringwork of Hero. If you're a fan of The Hidden Blade, Twilight Samurai etc you'll be right at home here. Ayase's Ichi is torn by horrible past events and she conveys both the sadness and violent eruptions of her character well, without resorting to sentiment or over the top shrieking. Takao Osawa also does well as Toma, the bumbling Samurai Ichi bumps into and travels with. The rest of the cast are fine, either bad guys there to be killed or higher grade bad guys ready to expolit. Ichi wants to find the man who trained her, but reluctantly gets drawn into a Yojimbo style war between two gangs. Can she find the man she is searching for, and will it help her move on from her past?
The film lacks the high budget of some other films and doesn't quite have the techincal quality that such financial backing brings. This is largely irrelevant though as the Director makes admirable use of what he has. It is an interesting take on an age old story and packs more of an emotional punch than more recent versions.
Fans of Samurai flicks will be more than familiar with Zatoichi, the legendary blind swordsman portrayed in over 30 films & several TV series. Ichi (not to be confused with Takashi Miike's sadistic 'Ichi The Killer') is his female student, who is searching for her master - but like her predecessor, it isn't long before she's up to her armpits in blokes waving sharp impliments at her.
When cowardly samurai Toma (Takao Osawa, star of 'Aragami') defends her against the local lowlifes, it is Ichi who ends up having to save HIM. But the local tonwsfolk assume Toma must have killed them all single-handed, he is hailed as a hero & expected to finish off the rest of the bandit gang.
The films' pace is slightly too leisurely in places, as the numerous supporting characters are fleshed out. Yet conversely, it features some incredible action scenes & beautiful cinematography. Haruka Ayase was apparently a controversial casting choice but in my view, is perfect for the role - Ichi is a violent force of nature in the style of 'Lone Wolf' Oogami Itto, with the detached serenity of a Buddha statue, which Ayase combines with an understated vulnerability. This gives an interesting new dimension for the Zatoichi franchise to explore - and let's face it, it needs one, having been flogged to death over the decades. I look forward to the sequels.
Apart from the fights, the pace of the film is slow - like American movies used to be in the late 60's and 70's - which is a bit of a relief from the lightning fast edits of a lot of current Hollywood films.
All the way through the film I kept feeling that it was really a traditional western, dressed up in Japanese clothes and sent back a century or so in time. The main action takes place in a small town that even looks a lot like the scene of High Noon or any number of other cowboy films. There is a gang of bandits living inthe hills nearby who are terrorising the town - a typical western scenario.
Replace six-gun shoot-outs with samurai sword fights and this could be a Peckinpah film, right down to the slow motion blood fountains when Ichi get going with her sword. There is even an OK Corral-style showdown at the end when the outlaws and townsfolk face each other in the main street.
Altogether a very watchable film, and gorgeous to look at - unless you are averse to sub-titles.
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I liked this film much. More of a B movie
of the genre, but well acted, with great action