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Ichi (film) - Wikipedia
Indeed, the fact that the main character is played by a woman is really neither here nor there, and Ichi's femininity never plays a significant part, either narratively or thematically. Strangely, the film is arguably about Toma as much as Ichi, being equally, if not more concerned with his development from a coward comically unable to draw his sword an odd conceit which results in several scenes of presumably unintentional amusement into a fully fledged hero. Ichi herself remains a somewhat more distant figure, and although she does develop somewhat on her quest to find the man who may or may not be her father, director Sori seems oddly less interested in her as a character.
Thankfully, Ayase Haruka turns in an excellent performance as the blind swordswoman, adding a layer of vulnerability beneath her impressive killing skills, and bringing depth to what might otherwise have been a one-note role, deservedly winning Best Actress at the Nikkan Sports Film Awards for her efforts. She manages to give the film a solid emotional core, and although Ichi's romance with Toma never really comes off, the film is moving enough in its own wistful way.
Visually, the film is gorgeous, with Sori making the very most out of the beautiful countryside and bleak snowy mountains.
The production values were obviously high, and the film has a handsome look and convincing eye for period detail. There is enough action to keep things moving along at a good pace, with the choreography from Kuze Hiroshi being quite breathtaking in places. Certainly, the film is one of the few to make genuinely good use of slow motion, with Kuze managing to add a real sense of grace and beauty to Ichi's movements during combat scenes without over-stylising the action.
As a result, the battles are exciting and occasionally stunning, helped by less of a reliance on fake looking CGI blood than in other recent genre efforts. After Toma refuses, he is challenged to a fight but he is unable to draw his sword.
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Ichi slays the gang. The Shirakawa leader's son, Toraji, arrives after the fight and assumes that it was Toma who slew the men and makes Toma his personal bodyguard. Ichi is convinced by Kotaro and his father to stay in the hope of the famed blind swordmaster, Zatoichi, passing through. Toma confesses that although he has fighting skills he is unable to draw his sword because of guilt for blinding his mother in an accident.
The Bankito plan their revenge. They kill the head of the Shirakawa. Toma is unable to defend anyone and is left unconscious.
Ichi admits that it was she who killed the earlier men and after displaying her skills, the second-in-command of the Bankito is convinced and takes her to the mountains to meet their leader, Banki. After she kills two Bankito who doubted her skills, Banki attacks and defeats her.
As Ichi lies injured, Banki states that he had met her mentor. The two had fought but Zatoichi would die in battle because of a fast acting disease.
She is thrown into a locked ditch and left to die. As she loses consciousness, Ichi drops the bell given to her by Zatoichi.
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We then see Ichi's backstory. She was born blind.
While she was still a young girl, Zatoichi rescued her and left her in the care of a group of goze, giving Ichi a small bell to remember him by. Zatoichi visited her as she grew and secretly taught her the fighting techniques Zatoichi had mastered. Ichi grew up to be a musically talented and beautiful woman, as well as an accomplished sword-fighter. After one of her goze group's performances, she was raped by one of the patrons.
Goze were strictly forbidden to marry and required to be celibate so she was later expelled from the goze household, even though it broke the other members' hearts. She pleaded with the man who had raped her to talk to the leader of the goze so she could go back to the group, but instead he mocked her and tried to attack her again.
She was able to draw the sword she kept hidden in her cane and killed him.