Ichi Trailers

Original title
Category Action, Drama, Crime
UK Release Date
Production year 2008
Production Country
Directors Fumihiko Sori
Cast Haruka Ayase, Yosuke Kubozuka, Takao Osawa, Shidou Nakamura, Tetta Sugimoto, Megumi Yokoyama, Riki Takeuchi
Distributor The Associates


From Fumihiko Sori, the director of "Vexille" and "Ping Pong", comes the period martial arts action saga, ICHI, a bold, gender-bending reimagining of the classic "Zatoichi" series of films and TV shows. Originally created by novelist Kan Shimozawa, the eponymous hero – a blind masseur and master swordsman – has traditionally been a male character (previously played by stars such as Shintaro Katsu, Takeshi Kitano and, in "Blind Fury", by Rutger Hauer). In a refreshing break from tradition that adds an intriguing twist to the story, Sori's ICHI stars actress Haruka Ayase (Hero) in the title role playing a young and beautiful blind musician who also happens to be an adept swordswoman.