Ichi The Killer

Ichi The Killer

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Director: Takashi Miike, Tadanobu Asano, Nao Omori, Shinya Tsukamoto

Cast: Takashi Miike, Tadanobu Asano, Nao Omori, Shinya Tsukamoto

     
 

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Maverick auteur Takashi Miike spins this unsettling, blood-soaked yakuza yarn adapted from Hideo Yamamoto's cult manga Koroshiya 1. When mob don Anjo mysteriously disappears, his protégé Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano) vows to find the people responsible. Sporting a blond head of hair and a yawning, pierced slash for a mouth, Kakihara is no ordinary gangster and his methods

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Maverick auteur Takashi Miike spins this unsettling, blood-soaked yakuza yarn adapted from Hideo Yamamoto's cult manga Koroshiya 1. When mob don Anjo mysteriously disappears, his protégé Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano) vows to find the people responsible. Sporting a blond head of hair and a yawning, pierced slash for a mouth, Kakihara is no ordinary gangster and his methods are equally unorthodox; he impales one poor suspect's naked body on a series of meat hooks and then dumps hot oil on him. Meanwhile, a shadowy character known as Jijii (played by director Shinya Tsukamoto) deftly manipulates, for his own nefarious ends, Ichi (Nao Omori), an unbalanced but ruthless killing machine clad in a superhero suit. Pining for the sadistic abuse of his boss, Kakihara learns of Ichi from a Hong Kong hostess (Alien Sun) and sets out to find this fabled butcher, hoping he can inflict the pain that Kakihara craves. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival as a part of the Midnight Madness program.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
In Takashi Miike's freakishly intense world, the tormentor and the tormented are locked in a cycle of retribution and outlandish violence where torture, dismemberment, and evisceration are the norm. Crisply edited and employing some mind-boggling camera techniques, the film -- as in Miike's other works -- creates mordantly funny moments that are as pungent as they are memorable. At one point, Kakihara, as an act of atonement, cuts off his pierced tongue only to take a cell phone call immediately afterwards. At another, a cascade of blood, bowels, and body parts spills into a hallway immediately after Ichi enters a room. Yet for all of Miike's visual invention and wit, the film's dubious treatment of women might leave a bad taste in the mouth of the most hardened Asian cult film buff. Every woman in the flick is brutalized in a manner that borders on the pornographic (including rape and genital mutilation) and then killed. While some might be exhilarated by Miike's brilliant camera work and imagery, others might be inclined to take a bath.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2003
UPC:
0631595031386
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Tokyo Shock
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:57:00

Special Features

[None specified]

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Tokyo After Midnight
2. Imfamous Ichi
3. The Boss's Girl
4. You Look Fantastic Mr. Suzuki
5. Did It Hurt?
6. To Score the Boss
7. Visiting Hours
8. Ichi's Blade
9. The Syndicate's Decision
10. Tormented Boys
11. False Compassion
12. Brother?
13. Ichi's Calling
14. The Many Gemini
15. Sleuth Hound for Ichi
16. Revolution
17. Closer to Fate
18. Ichi Strikes
19. Destiny's Rooftop
20. Resolution

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Ichi The Killer 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
this movie rocks from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved ‘Audition’ by Miike and so I had to see ‘Ichi.’. While the style is definitely Miike's, I found that I didn't like it quite as much as ‘Audition.’ It is hard to care much about many of the people being tortured because there is no character development in most of them with the exception of Ichi and Kakihara. Kakihara likes to be tortured, but only by those who are the best at inflicting pain. Therefore he is very studied in the art of giving pain and practices this with relish. There is a poor slob in the movie who is tied to a chair and has grossly enlarged needles thrown at his exposed face and who knows what else is done to him before they get the idea to cut his unmentionables into several ribbons with a pair of scissors. While there was little to no character development with this man it is hard not to be sympathetic to his plight. I felt a large rush of horror even though I am a female. Ichi is interesting and has a strangely boyish face for one who is so unbalanced and capable of massive human destruction. It is hard not to feel sympathy for him as well because he is manipulated and used by someone who engages in mentally torturing him to achieve his ends. This film is not just a straight forward slasher as many critics have said - it grabs you from many different angles and keeps the brain ticking away throughout. One minute you're laughing your head off, and the next you're trying your hardest not to look away. Then two minutes later you're deep in thought giving both the main leads a good psychological going over. At the end of the film we get some mixed up mental messages and have to decide what to do with this information-Miike's trademark as far as I can tell. Whilst there are people out there who will absolutely hate this film and find themselves trying not to vomit, those of you who can take some comic book ultra violence and have a slightly darker sense of humour and are as curious as I am can defiantly check this title out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow. This is one violent movie. Interesting characters, not your typical good guy vs. bad guy movie. On the outdie it's about two sadists trying to confront each other, but truthfully the movie is about something else, which is more along the lines of the anxiety created by sexual frustration. Nevertheless, the violence definately overtakes the mature themes of this movie. The violence, though may for some be overwhelming (very graphic), also has a sense of fiction, and the viewer will easily see that this movie was purposely exagerrated. The story got me confused at times, but after a second viewing it was all very clear. Fantastically done with a mixture of cg graphics and real-life make-up. Two thumbs up for the Japanese movie makers.
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