A 2008 Japanese film featuring the talented Haruka Ayase who plays the main character Ichi, a Goze (blind woman) with exceptional sword skills. She is, like other goze of that time, forced to live a harsh life trying to make a living off of playing the shamisen. One day, when she is attacked by a few samurai who are looking for some fun, she encounters a strange man, Touma Fujihira.
God knows why but the samurai decide to take the money and the girl AND kill him. What a genius. And to make matters worse, he can’t even draw his sword for some unknown reason (will be revealed later on). So just when you think its over…
Wait a minute…wasn’t the GUY supposed to save the blind girl, not the other way around??? Anyways…I have to comment on how awesome her sword is…looks like a regular old stick she uses to walk with but then easily unsheathing a deadly blade by pulling it apart.
Now how did she come upon such owning skills? Well she got them from the guy who took care of her when she was small. Enduring hardships together just for a little blind girl…*sniff sniff* Now if that isn’t heart-moving then I don’t know what is.
So back to the story, they end up going to this inn town together where this band of samurai- the Banki -(more like a modern day gang) is basically terrorizing the town and taking whatever they want whenever they want. Touma goes to a gambling place where bascially you guess whether the 2 dice end up odd or even. At first he loses alot, but then Ichi uses her super-pwnage sensitive hearing (do all blind heroes have to have this cliche skill) to tell whether its odd or even when its still hidden. Guess what, the other gamblers aren’t happy with him. They follow them after they leave and end up fighting them. Again Mr. I-can’t-draw-my-sword-but-I’m-still-wearing-it-on-me does nothing and Ichi pwns everyone. The town leaders come and obviously think the blind girl killed 5 samurai yea…no. So Touma ends up being hired as the town bodyguard and will have to fight off the Banki…yea that was smart.
Anyways I wont ruin the movie, so I’ll leave it at that. Overall GREAT MOVIE. I mean I thought it would suck because Funimation decided to show it but man was I wrong. Haruka plays Ichi’s role perfectly, totally embodying being a Goze, everything from the eyes to the walk. Don’t you just love actors who you find are just perfect for their roles or pull it off just beautifully?
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