Ichi DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 8.4
Video 8.0
Audio 9.0
Special Features 6.0
Total 8.3
Distributor: Madman
Running Time: 115
Classification: MA15+
Reviewer:
Jason Bourke

8.3


Ichi

I'm a sucker for a babe with a sword and to throw another twist into the mix, this beautiful heroine is blind. Majestically filmed, choreographed and acted, this Eastern Eye story centres on Ichi, a blind musician who is searching the lands for a masseur that raised her as a child.

Unfortunately he vanished from her life and now Ichi is seeking answers and no-one is going to stop her for these answers. The movie opens up with Ichi killing a man who attempted to take advantage of her with our heroine bolding stating that just because she is blind, she still knows how to take care of herself. More specifically, kick some serious ass. The movie is quite dramatic at times, especially the flashbacks of Ichi growing up and how her foster father taught her how to fight and how her life fell apart.

On her journey, she meets a Samurai who has lost the spirit to fight and to compound the situation, she becomes embroiled in a war between two clans, one human and one inhuman, the Banki who know about the masseur that she is seeking. Ichi also befriends a small boy who gives her life meaning and in essence is her guide which adds an interesting twist to the movie and in her dark world, provides her with the light she needs.

The action scenes in Ichi really kick some serious ass as she swings her Samurai sword like a professional, cutting down all men and monsters in her way. So be warned, if you're offended by blood, you might want to leave this movie alone because the red blood sprays everywhere.

With stunning video quality, sharp images and a vibrant colour palette, Ichi features a great soundtrack (thanks to Lisa Gerrard from Gladiator) that really helps in immersing you into this story and it looks like I'll need to hunt this soundtrack down because of her. The movie is presented in 16:9 widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1

In conclusion, Ichi is a Samurai movie that focuses on a female lead in some classic Samurai scenarios that is oozing with action and has an interesting storyline that is easy to follow and quite enjoyable. Add in the some interesting special features such as a behind the scenes featurette and this nicely compliments the feature.

Very entertaining!

Special Features

  • Behind the scenes

  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Stills Gallery

  • Eastern Eye Trailers






 
 



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