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…
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…
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…
Ichi the killer: Me entretuvo, me confundió y me dejo saciado de gore por el día.
Sooooooo oooooooh good!
tw// intense gore
anybody who can sit still through this movie... i applaud you. the gore was so intense i felt like i was in pain myself. a very fucked up movie, but i loved it
Vaag. Dat is het ene woord waar ik deze film mee kan samenvatten.
Ik heb noog nooit zo een vage, violent en bloederige film gezien. Echt alles geeft me een super raar gevoel, van de decors tot de achtergrond geluidjes en muziekjes. Ik heb ook nog nooit een close up van sperma gezien in een film, das een nieuwe, ben er geen fan van. Dit is gewoon echt een vage vuile film...
Heb hem naar 50 minuten afgezet want ik kan dit echt niet aan op 1 avond. Ik heb ook geen idee of ik zelfs verder wil kijken.
Grote kans op traumas.
Watched this on the Tokyo Shock DVD...And I love it!!
It has torture, eye gouging, rape and dissection. Its also terribly paced and the story doesn't really go anywhere. But if a killer who gets sexually aroused by killing, cries a lot and has razor blades on his feet sounds appealing then check it out.
Midnight movie at the Nitehawk - part of their CRIME series. I'm a fan of Takashi Miike's movies. Audition, Dead or Alive trilogy,Happiness of the Katikuris to 13 Assassins - when he is on, there's nobody better. Or more exciting, or surprising. But he's made some bewildering movies too.
This one falls into the latter. It's so cruel - it's like a group of people who grew up only watching Last House on the Left (and maybe some of it's even nastier Italian counterparts) and this is all they know. It's mean, it's brutal, and yes, through this cruelty, there is a silliness and comedy -- but I never really felt good about what I was laughing at. I'd always…
What can I say about this film that hasn't been already. Ichi The Killer is as gory as you think it sounds, maybe more so. I have never read the manga this is based on, but watching this I didn't feel as if I had to. Admittedly the beginning was confusing with its character introductions; showing the viewer several characters in several different places did throw me off but later on it becomes clearer what each characters roles are. The story itself is quite interesting and definitely isn't your standard Hollywood blockbuster, with the scarred and pierced frontman not even being Ichi himself. Although not to spoil anything, to show Ichi himself would give off the wrong impression.
this is bonkers, and i love it.
I love slashers maybe more than anything else. I have probably a weird idea about what is/is not a 21st…
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…