Funimation Adds Live-Action Ichi Remake of Zatoichi
The North American distributor Funimation has announced that it acquired Ichi, Fumihiko Sori's live-action re-imagining of the famous blind swordmaster character Zatoichi. In this 2008 retelling of the Japanese classic, Ichi is a female fighter played by Haruka Ayase. Sori previously directed the live-action manga-based Ping Pong film and worked on the first computer-animated Appleseed film. He then wrote and directed the computer-animated Vexille - 2077 Isolation of Japan film.