ICHI (2008)

ICHI is a 2008 Japanese movie directed by Fumihiko Sori as a a continuation of the long-running Zatoichi chanbara film series—this time with a female protagonist.

Movie info

Release date
October 25, 2008
Directed by
Fumihiko Sori
Written by
Taeko Asano (screenplay)
Distributed by
Warner Bros.
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A blind shamisen player named Ichi travels the countryside trying to eke out a living while defending herself from unscrupulous bandits who are constantly trying to take advantage of her seemingly helpless state. However, Ichi is anything but helpless. She spent her childhood being trained in swordsmanship by her long lost father, a man she dreams of being reunited with.

One day, she crosses paths with a man named Tōma, an expert swordsman who’s either unable or unwilling to draw his blade due to a traumatic incident from his past. When they get pulled into a vicious battle between two warring factions in a small town, Ichi becomes aware of a certain bandit warlord who may have knowledge of her father’s whereabouts. Will she find the information she’s looking for? And can Tōma find the courage to defend the town from gangsters in her absence?

Featured Cast

Actor Role
Haruka Ayase Haruka Ayase Blind shamisen player/Ichi
yukina-kashiwa Yukina Kashiwa Ichi (younger)
Ayumi Kimura Ayumi Kimura Ichi (childhood)
Takao Osawa Takao Osawa Fujihira Touma, Ronin
kazuma-chiba Kazuma Chiba Touma (childhood)
Shido Nakamura Shido Nakamura Banki, boss of the Banki gang
yosuke-kubozuka Yosuke Kubozuka Toraji, Shirakawa gang number 2
Akira Emoto Akira Emoto Chobei, boss of the Shirakawa gang
Riki Takeuchi Riki Takeuchi Izo, Banki gang number 2
Go Riju Go Riju Innkeeper Kihachi
mayumi-sada Mayumi Sada Mitsu
ryosuke-shima Ryosuke Shima Kotaro, inn sales boy
Tetta Sugimoto Tetta Sugimoto Blind swordsman
Megumi Yokoyama Megumi Yokoyama Touma's mother
Eri Watanabe Eri Watanabe Ohama
Shiro Namiki Shiro Namiki Inspector-general Kataoka
Mitsuki Koga Mitsuki Koga Jako
No photo available Usagi Kono Ichi's mother
No photo available Issei Okihara Ushitora
Ayumu Saito Ayumu Saito
Tetsuo Yamashita Tetsuo Yamashita
Shoichiro Masumoto Shoichiro Masumoto
kumiko-tsuchiya Kumiko Tsuchiya
No photo available Yasuomi Sano
yuto-nakano Yuto Nakano

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Last Updated 31 Aug 2014 at 15:42