A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
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.
Please cue up the tune... Hurt So Good!
I found it amusing that the publicity machine for the film handed out barf bags at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Stockholm International Film Festival!
Even more amusing was the fact that it was subsequently banned in Norway after news of someone actually upchucking in said barf bag and another in the audience had fainted! Malaysia and Germany subsequently banned the film as well!
Obviously this isn't a film for mainstream audiences! You would think the minute someone started handing out barf bags that would have clued the "faint of heart" in on the type of film that was to be shown and perhaps they should pass on the film…
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.
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…
Takashi Miike Revisited (#4)
"If you're going to give someone pain, you've got to get into it!"
There was once a time where if you told me Ichi the Killer was available for rent at Blockbuster, I would have looked you in the eye with confidence before calling bullshit and laughing over how much of a dipshit you must think I am. Flash forward a couple years later and I am the one in the wrong.
Revisiting Ichi the Killer was a throwback to a time when I was most uneasy with Miike. I had watched this, Dead or Alive and Shinjuku Triad Society all around the same time, all depicting extreme brutalization of women, so much that Miike was…
..........what the hell did I just watch?
And why exactly did I like it so much?
Sometimes I worry me............
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…
Incredibly gory and action-packed. This is not one for the squeamish. There were a lot of strange choices made with the cinematography; awkward slo-motion sequences and jump-cuts were used, especially towards the end. I won't knock this one for the bad CGI; it was made in 2001 and the cheesy quality adds to the charm(?) of the film.
I grabbed my boobs at one point to make sure they were still there.
Thanks a lot Jon and Ria...
Creo que al final mi cabeza estaba a punto de estallar porque no era capaz de lidiar con lo retorcida que es esta película. La trama es magnífica, se sale de cualquier estándar de película yakuza gracias a Ichi y su problema psicológico y a Kakihara y su sádica personalidad. Aunque la motivación inicial de Kakihara (hallar a Anjo) es básica, de allí se desencadenan hechos mucho más complejos e inesperados.
Takashi Miike sabe cómo hacer que esperemos algo con ansias y lo digo porque al mostrarnos los extremos a los que llegan tanto Ichi como Kakihara, nos hace preguntar qué carajos podrá suceder cuando estos dos estén cara a cara. También los toques de comedia que podemos encontrar en…
Ichi the Killer is worth watching for its inventive, twisted, funny and gory moments. But when those moments are not on screen, the movie feels empty. It doesn't have the rythm necessary to really succeed only based on its style.
Takashi Miike telling you that you sure don't know how far you can push the limits on humor. Heck, what limits am I talking about? You win again, Miike. I feel like a sociopath.
Ps. I love you. Don't ever stop making films.
What the fuck was that
The definition of a mix bag film for me. It's full of great cinematic and gory moments that would make any gore hound foam at the mouth. The character Kakihara had such a great on screen presence that it almost made up for the other forgettable characters. The story for me falls thin at about the hour mark, and the ending sort of seemed random to me. Also the CGI blood is in the film was just painful to sit through. It looks so bad. The other practicle gore effects were just awesome, and I just loved it. I still enjoyed the hell out of this film, and I can't wait to watch more Takashi Miike films.
"Sadomasochism... That's a pretty disturbing word...."
From Takashi Miike, comes this violent tale of a psychotic killer named Ichi, and his encounters with Yakuza gang leader Kakihara. With a disturbing, gory visuals and some perverted characters, Ichi the Killer is not a pleasure trip by any means. So, soft-hearted people, beware.
Almost none of the characters deserves compassion in this twisted story and that's what Miike wanted from his viewers. This gore feast, unlike many similar Hollywood productions, had a brain of it's own. A brainwashed man who is willing to kill people due to utter confusion between moralities, a sadomasochistic freak who looks for the ultimate pain for his satisfaction,…
This film makes about as much sense the second time around as it did the first--not much. However, it's a foray into cinematic excess and sadomasochism that doesn't take itself seriously. A side project of the Boredoms scored the film and they give it an uncomfortably off-kilter feel with oscillations in noise and screams; it's one of the more impressive soundtracks I've heard recently. Tadanobu Asano does his usual thing and is a joy to watch on screen.
The R-Rated cut is a very different experience from the unrated version, though, so if you're squeamish make sure to watch the edited one.
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).