Movies that are slightly off.
Ichi the Killer
Love really hurts.
As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.
My friend requested that we watch something "twisted". I simply put Ichi the Killer in and let her regret that particular request and letting me choose to begin with.
..........what the hell did I just watch?
And why exactly did I like it so much?
Sometimes I worry me............
3/30 - Japan
It says here that Ichi The Killer is 129 minutes long. Not hours.
So how come it felt much longer? I am a fan of Takeshi Miike but from the films I've seen from him, generally it seems I'm in trouble when he decides to do something longer. The only exception to that would be Gozu, a film I regard as something of a minor modern masterpiece of violent delirium, sexual deviance and black comedy.
Where Gozu succeeds yet Ichi The Killer and, to a certain extent, Lesson Of The Evil fail is that despite the fact that it is not always advancing its main…
Overflowing with stylised but extremely graphic violence & featuring enough flinch-inducing moments of bloodshed over the course of its runtime, Takashi Miike's Ichi the Killer remains one of the most controversial films ever made & is still banned in many nations but despite the gruesome cruelty depicted here, it was nothing but a hilarious ride for me.
Based on the manga series of the same name, Ichi the Killer follows the feud between two rival gangs which erupts when the crime boss of one of the gangs disappears & is believed to be kidnapped by the other mob, thus prompting the yakuza enforcer of the former to carry out his sadistic investigation which leads him to Ichi, a psychologically damaged killer who's manipulated…
This movie has all forms of rape, torture, sadomasochism, and bizzare, gruesome violence imaginable. It has appeared on lists as one of the most disgusting films of all time.
And you know what?
I loved every goddamn second of it.
Am I twisted? Psychotic? Sick? Maybe. Within the film's grotesque ultra violence, however, lies its beauty. The torture scenes could be seen by some as a form of art. The cat-and-mouse, will-they-won't-they story of a masochist looking for his ultimate sadist partner was a unique, thrilling story, and one that never lets up.
Kakihara (the man in the poster on the film's Letterboxd page) is a badass gangster who smokes and blows the smoke…
Is it just me or does Takashi Miike have a particular fascination with inflicting pain through pointy objects? Aberrant violence is definitely his forte and in Ichi the Killer he uses his skills to produce a very dark comedy.
One thing worth noting about Miike is his ability to re-evaluate old-fashioned representations of Japanese culture. This film is the antithesis of Ozu and Kobayashi. Ichi's shy, reserved nature is tied to grisly murder and the noble honour of harakiri is replaced with body modification as a means of punishment. All of the more restrained, meditative representations of violence in classical Japanese cinema come crashing down in rivers of blood and guts in this film.
The characters range from goofy to…
"Giving pain is a serious business."
One of the better anti-bullying marketing tools out there.
Throughly enjoyed the oddball style at work here. They had a vision and went for it 100%. This includes using CGI to its fullest which is a mixed bag but mostly it works. The character of Kakihara clearly outshines the rest of the cast. There is a reason that he is on the cover rather than Ichi. Ichi is interesting in his own right, but as the movie progresses, you quickly see that there isn't really much to him. This leads to my major problem, the ending is very weak. The build up for this end battle is almost palpable and once you are just ready for it to happen, you…
Well, that was definetly something,
This is the Hotline Miami movie if the main character of Hotline Miami was a massive pussy.
10/10 blood buckets and heely knife shoes
I was really looking forward to this film but it actually wasn't too great. Looks nice though.
In this film, a character shouts "Oh my God!" in the style of Joseph Joestar. This is easily the best part of the entire movie.
Overall, it pains me to rate this so poorly, because there are some really neat ideas here, and some very good direction. Trouble is, it really just a complete mess, both in terms of "rushed out in a few months" and "throw a lot of shit against the wall and hope some of it sticks". The bits that do stick are certainly memorable, but the bits that don't are either crushingly boring, or just plain nasty. There is plenty of gore, but it doesn't seem to be well handled: the poster boy (who is not…
Thanks for reminding me why ice skating scares the shit out of me.
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