Ichi (2008)

Director Fumihiko Sori simultaneously reinvents and continues the Zatoichi legend with this tale of a blind, wandering musician who was trained in the art of one-handed sword fighting as a young girl. Ichi (Haruka Ayase) learned how to… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 25, 2008
DVD Release Date: December 29, 2009
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Jenkins
Time Out

With its hokey, flashback-heavy plotting, unadventurous camera use and a clutch of cloyingly earnest performances, it comes across like an irony-free, mid-season episode of 'Xena: Warrior Princess'.

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Catherine Bray

Ultimately a romp, albeit one with some entertaining quirks and a strange melancholy undertow, we shouldn't make overly high-falutin' claims for Ichi, but fans of balletic fight scenes should get a kick out of some good-looking sequences.

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Jonathan Williams
Little White Lies

The fight scenes directed by Kurosawa's choreographer Hiroshi Kuze are exceptional, actually enhancing the pathos at the heart of the film. This might be a simple story, but it's well-told and has an unassuming appeal.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Haruka Ayase gives a very memorable performance and she's truly steals every scene she inhabits.

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Kevin Maher
Times (UK)

The villains are from the broad "har-de-har" school of banditry, the action is mostly fudged, and the resolution achingly obvious.

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Rob Daniel
Sky Cinema

With Ran action choreographer Hiroshi Kuze on swordplay duties, the fisticuffs is suitably impressive, with even Ayase not relying too heavily on quick editing.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

Fumihiko Sori's attempt to make an original addition to the Zatoichi martial arts franchise never reaches the virtuosity of Takeshi Kitano's original. Needless to say, the fight scenes are better than the dialogue.

Xan Brooks

Fumihiko Sori's film contains flashing blades and great sprays of arterial blood. The pacing, however, is as languid and soothing as a lullaby.

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A small town terrorized by a clan of bandits find their only hope of salvation in the shape of a wandering minstrel and a pacifist samurai who is unwilling to… More
JY Skacto
Fresh off of <i>Vexille</i>, Fumihiko Sori tackles <i>Ichi</i>, which is another tale regarding the blind swordsman. In this case,… More
Lewis C.
Imagine if Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman had an adopted daughter that was also blind and that he taught his sword skills. Also imagine that he left her at goze… More
Dean McKenna
It is a fairly traditional version of 2003's <i>Zat˘ichi</i>, though Haruka Ayase has a one-two punch of strong acting and good lucks. Dressed… More