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A redux of the classic and long-running "Zatoichi" franchise, Ichi is a blind musician who happens to have incredible sword fighting skills. In her quest to find the man who brought her up, she encounters numerous swindlers, villains, and gangsters who try to take advantage of her disability, but she fights back using the sword hidden inside her walking stick. Some time into her journey, she meets Toma, a cowardly samurai whom Ichi ends up saving from the ruthless Banki gang. The pair unwittingly become entangled in a turf war between two factions vying for control of a pivotal village, while Ichi learns that the outcome of the conflict might determine if she will find the man she is looking for. -Hkflix.com
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review by . December 23, 2009
posted in ASIANatomy
Solid in its Presentation
Ichi is one of those films that I’ve been meaning to tackle for some time. The look, the feel, the mood, and the mythological elements are all of undeniable Asian influence.  Yes there are undefeatable principles at play within that span beyond the swordplay and action elements in the foreground.  Before we look at the excellent philosophical tones of the picture, let’s get the hard facts out of the way. Coming in at a 120-minute runtime, Ichi consists of the full-length feature …
review by . June 06, 2009
posted in ASIANatomy
3 ½ Stars: The Female
ICHI THE BLIND SWORDSWOMAN (2008) is a redux of Zatoichi, the Blind Swordsman; the classic Jidai Geki TV series. Directed by Fumihiko Sori, (Vexille, "Ping Pong"), with screenplay by Shimosawa Kan; this film switches the gender of the lead character, has significant improvements but it also lacks some of the original's strengths. "Ichi" stars beautiful Japanese bikini model/actress Ayase Haruka, and this is her follow up role to "Cyborg She" (which I will review …
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