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Donald A. Prentiss Says, in 1-28-2010 at 04:44:30 from     

I thought I was going to be all for an attractive girl to step up to refresh the Zatoichi franchise and then I saw this. The lead actress was a super weak representation of the series super bad sword slinger. The action is weak, the direction is weak and the story is boring with a slow pace that did not hold my interest no matter how cute I thought the lead actress was, while watching this I found myself continuing to get up and do other things and I am a huge fan of this genre and have been for years. I was extremely disappointed.
Rating: 2 / 5

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Bill F. Armitage Says, in 1-28-2010 at 06:42:50 from     

What a cool little flic, a valiant attempt at using the Zatoichi character as a woman/girl.

It is NOT a low grade pinkie film like Ninja Chicks, (just to show of some cutie doing sword fights), but a more serious film.
Rating: 5 / 5

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Anthony Says, in 1-28-2010 at 07:06:23 from     

Ichi is a brilliant – amazing – superb – samurai flick . All the actors does a amazing job . Haruka Ayase is so gorgeous and a great actrees . A MUST SEE . 5 BIG STARS
Rating: 5 / 5

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A Customer Says, in 1-28-2010 at 08:49:46 from     

Blind babe swords and showgirl on the run is an odd thought and a great film. Production is aware of eastern and western elements. Like a Asian Spaghetti Eastern Western crossed with more 60s imagery. Sophisticated sense of humor with the proper gloss, grit and gore. Fantastic soundtrack includes Dead Can Dance’s Lisa Gerrard. Good looking and sounding. Great Blu-ray
Rating: 5 / 5

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James Robson Says, in 1-28-2010 at 09:35:33 from     

From the video-cinema view 5 stars, from the story line 5 stars, from the action tension etc.. 5 stars! I love this movie she plays it perfectly, it semi-mirrors Zatoichi stories.

My ONLY complaint is the really lame dubbing if you prefer the English dubbed selection.. 2 stars.. max!

The dubbing really is not good, the male voice-over is so r e a d i n g f r o m t h e s c r i p t that it really gets annoying, (the woman voice-over is pretty good though, since Ichi is a quiet character anyway)

I like to watch it in the original, and read the subtitles, which are clear and perfect, – 5 stars! They also don’t take over the screen’s view only if the dialogue is 2 lines. (Note, if you use “Cinema” mode on your tv, it will crop out the subtitles).

I REALLY liked the movie, and I may get more from Funimation. So yeah the movie itself is a solid addition to your collection.

Note.. this review is for the DVD version, I can only imagine the Blue Ray version is even nicer looking!

Jim
Rating: 4 / 5

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