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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.

Director:

Fumihiko Sori

Writers:

Kan Shimozawa (story and characters), Taeko Asano (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Haruka Ayase ... Ichi
Shidô Nakamura ... Banki
Yôsuke Kubozuka ... Toraji Shirakawa
Takao Ohsawa ... Toma Fujihira
Gô Rijû Gô Rijû ... Kihachi
Mayumi Sada ... Mitsu
Tetsuo Yamashita Tetsuo Yamashita
Ayumu Saitô Ayumu Saitô
Tôru Tezuka Tôru Tezuka
Kumiko Tsuchiya Kumiko Tsuchiya
Shirô Namiki Shirô Namiki ... Kataoka
Tetta Sugimoto Tetta Sugimoto ... Blind man
Megumi Yokoyama Megumi Yokoyama ... Toma's mother
Eri Watanabe Eri Watanabe ... Ohama
Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi
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Storyline

Following the footsteps of the blind masseur and swordsman Zatoichi comes Ichi, a woman and a daughter who travels the land as a 'goze' or visually impaired woman who plays the traditional three-stringed shamisen. This woman, however, has a hidden talent. She not only has the command of a lightning-fast blade, but also uses it in terms of justice and a quest for her long-lost father. Matching her skill is a man whose swordsmanship is only bested by his internal inhibition. Written by aghaemi

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of bloody violence, and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

25 October 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

I tyfli samurai See more »

Filming Locations:

Shonai, Yamagata, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,382,564
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Ichi: I do not know what I cut because I am blind.
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Connections

Version of The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003) 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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Stellar samurai movie
15 July 2016 | by Seth_Rogue_OneSee all my reviews

About a blind but deadly woman forsaken by her home-village and a man she meets on the way.

It's not packed with non-stop action it's more story based than it is action based but the action that there is is really well orchestrated.

The story packs plenty of emotion, possibly a bit depressing for some people but I enjoyed it.

The acting, cinematography, music, editing etc is all good even if the second half gets a little too slow at times but one could argue that it needed to be, anyway yeah overall it's a stellar piece of work that should satisfy your samurai-movie needs.


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