Ichi Reviews

  • Jan 06, 2019

    It's strange to flip genders here only to saddle the new girl with not one but TWO useless sidekicks... It seems to go against the fundamentals of what made this character tick. And it was all a little too melancholy with the score and flashbacks. Overall though it was interesting to see a female in the role and the different dynamics she'd have to deal with, and there was some great action.

    It's strange to flip genders here only to saddle the new girl with not one but TWO useless sidekicks... It seems to go against the fundamentals of what made this character tick. And it was all a little too melancholy with the score and flashbacks. Overall though it was interesting to see a female in the role and the different dynamics she'd have to deal with, and there was some great action.

  • Feb 03, 2018

    Ichi has many of the usual tropes and clichés of the genre but it succeeds in dodging the banal and the melodramatic. The blind katana hero is a rather minimalist main character, but she is likable enough and aptly supported by the timid swordsman Toma and the cute kid. Zatoichi's relation to the protagonist works well as background narrative. The film acknowledges the burden of violence and portrays the effects of violent events in people's lives, though it could go further in exploring the issue.

    Ichi has many of the usual tropes and clichés of the genre but it succeeds in dodging the banal and the melodramatic. The blind katana hero is a rather minimalist main character, but she is likable enough and aptly supported by the timid swordsman Toma and the cute kid. Zatoichi's relation to the protagonist works well as background narrative. The film acknowledges the burden of violence and portrays the effects of violent events in people's lives, though it could go further in exploring the issue.

  • Mar 05, 2015

    Somewhat entertaining although a bit inconsistent in tone and intent.

    Somewhat entertaining although a bit inconsistent in tone and intent.

  • Oct 26, 2014

    A competent, but not excellent retelling of the legend of the blind samurai, with a twist, it's a woman now.

    A competent, but not excellent retelling of the legend of the blind samurai, with a twist, it's a woman now.

  • Jul 13, 2014

    Quirky traditional samurai film with some very practicable plot points.

    Quirky traditional samurai film with some very practicable plot points.

  • Jun 22, 2014

    Ichi did "nothing" actually. The grand enemy is killed very easily. OMG.

    Ichi did "nothing" actually. The grand enemy is killed very easily. OMG.

  • Feb 20, 2014

    It was a good idea actually, having a blind woman continuing the legacy of Zatoichi but the story doesn't fit at all.

    It was a good idea actually, having a blind woman continuing the legacy of Zatoichi but the story doesn't fit at all.

  • Jul 15, 2013

    a retelling of the blind swordsman. the story makes a lot of flashbacks but still able to follow it through everything going through. the acting was good with the exception of the horrid voice over i had to watch. with modern day swordplay becoming outlandish and flying all over they keep this simple and to the point but still good. worth checkin out.

    a retelling of the blind swordsman. the story makes a lot of flashbacks but still able to follow it through everything going through. the acting was good with the exception of the horrid voice over i had to watch. with modern day swordplay becoming outlandish and flying all over they keep this simple and to the point but still good. worth checkin out.

  • Jun 13, 2013

    An entertaining and dramatic take on the story of the blind samurai Zatoichi.

    An entertaining and dramatic take on the story of the blind samurai Zatoichi.

  • Apr 30, 2013

    this was a pretty good movie. the cowardly guy kept getting on my nerves, but good action and I loved how over the top the main bad guy was

    this was a pretty good movie. the cowardly guy kept getting on my nerves, but good action and I loved how over the top the main bad guy was