Superior samurai actioner with female lead.
over 6 years
technique. reminds me of 'Blind Fury'.
Ichi is a 2008 action film directed by Fumihiko Sori, starring Takao Osawa, Haruka Ayase, Shido Nakamura, and Yosuke Kubozuka. It was released by Warner Bros. Japan on October 25, 2008.
Ichi (市) is a goze (瞽女—) who is travelling Japan in search of her mentor, who was the actual Zatoichi (座頭市). She was born blind. As an infant, Zatoichi rescued her and left her in the care of a group of goze, visiting her and secretly teaching her the techniques Zatoichi had mastered. After being abused, she is exiled by the goze. She pleaded to the man who had abused her to say nothing happened, but he refused and she killed him. She wanted to see her mentor one last time before she died, so she began searching for him. While on her search, she gets involved in a war between residents of a small village ruled by a yakuza gang and a group of bandits, Banki-to.