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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…
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............
There's no love in your violence.
The manga Ichi the Killer, by Hideo Yamamoto, is an ultra violent comic book featuring deep psychologically disturbed characters doing all sorts unimaginable acts to all sorts of people. You give the live action adaptation to genre favorite, director Takashi Miike, and you either get giddy as a school girl about what is going to transpire or you get nervous about what your brain is about to be exposed to.
To be fair about Takashi Miike, his North American reputation doesn't accurately reflect his body of work. While his more controversial films are the ones that are mostly brought over to North America and get all the attention, Miike as a director dabbles…
My second Takashi Miike film (the first being Ace Attorney, which I happened to see at the New York Asian Film Festival in 2012). What worries me the most is after watching something as sick and depraved with endless amounts of over-the-top violence and insanity as this film, I somehow can't wait to see more from the guy. I feel kinda fucked up just admitting to actually liking something like this.
This could be a problem. But I somehow don't care.
I'm not typically a fan of über -violent fare. It seems to me that usually the violence is just for violence's sake and does nothing to propel the narrative or develop the characters. Takashi Miike's Ichi the Killer can appear to border on those lines at times, but if you look closer, there's usually an underlying purpose behind the director's bloodlust. This is a devilishly funny and immensely entertaining [and surprisingly smart] script, which features wonderfully fleshed-out characters and a unique premise. The performances are solid, especially Tadanobu Asano as "Kakihara" who is hot on Ichi's trail, and the direction is stylish and paced well. But make no mistake, there are buckets of blood [and other bodily fluids] in this film, and the extreme amount of violence and overtly sexual content put a ceiling on just how much I was able to truly "enjoy" this film. It is certainly not for the faint of heart. I'm looking at you, anne_f_.
Directed by Takashi Miike.
Cast: Tadanobu Asano, Nao Ômori, Shin'ya Tsukamoto ao.
Well directed and very professional.
A violent, sado-masochistic Art-Gore film.
Never uninteresting; I watched it through in one sitting.
I am too squemish for this!
I felt disgusted!
Probably will want to avoid this director in the future.
As fair rating as I can give will be 7/10.
Won't rewatch it.
I might have seen this movie a half dozen times already, but I'll be damned if I can really explain what the hell is going on. Sure the basic premise is fairly upfront, but the style that Miike slathers on is nightmarish and full of idiosyncrasies that more or less baffle the mind. It's brutal and often so dark that it has to be funny, but it's done with such conviction that rarely does one wonder if everyone involved with this film is as insane as the two killers on a crash course towards another. Simply put, it's brilliantly off kilter.
The CGI effects may have dated terribly but Takashi Miike's gloriously and surrealistically depraved Ichi The Killer will still prove to be an endurance test for some.
This movie shows what's to come with the most disgusting title card I have ever seen. It's a relentless ultra-violent movie. And it's surprisingly gripping and entertaining in a fucked up kind of way.
The movies insane amount of insane gore works really well with the Japanese gangster setting. It really shows that all of these people are psychopaths. The acts of violence work really well as characterization
All the characters are basically psychopaths. They are some of the most unstable and violent characters I have ever seen. The whole movie is a blood bath of their actions. There's always an air of suspense and curiosity about the fucked up thing they are going to do next.
The movie is…
Ichi the Killer was a very strange experience. On one level, I really enjoyed the dark humor, as well as the characterization of Ichi and Kakihara. However, their were elements of the film that were very uncomforting to watch. That's not necessarily a mark against the film, but it doesn't help it either. One of the things that I really liked about the film was how Ichi and Kakihara were portrayed. Ichi was a very tragic character, despite him being one of the most deadly men in the world. Kakihara was also one of the most interesting characters due to his violent and masochistic nature. The special effects haven't dated very well. It kind of felt like a low-budget film…
What an odd way for a killer to find redemption. Possibly one of the most complicated and insightful looks into the nature of violence and the minds of those who want to abuse and those who want to be abused. This movie shows no bias, you get to form your own.
I had no preconceptions of 'Ichi the Killer' before watching it, and for a lazy day off I thought it would be at the least entertaining. Boy was it an experience.
Ultra violent, uber bizarre and utterly bonkers. Ichi throws you all over the place, but one thing is certain, it entertains. I am not sure it was brilliant, but I can understand why it is popular.
The one thing I did enjoy, was seeing a foreign language comic book adaptation. It was certainly radical, and showed up it's peers such as Punisher.
Solid effort from Miike.
Acelerada, eléctrica, edición Bluray cutre, intensa, grotesca, sórdida, expresiva, incomprendida, vanguardista, gore, apasionante, Takashi Miike.
Takashi Miike’s primitive, id driven characters and experiments in narrative, time, and logic tend to leave me cold. Ichi the Killer is no different. By skipping substantial, contextual information about the characters, Yakuza hierarchy, and faction relationships, the film is one that the viewer has to catch up to. This can be fine if the viewer hasn’t already disengaged.
Miike employs scenes that feel like flashbacks but could be present time, or scenes that feel like present but only make narrative sense as flashbacks. If a typical scene has a beginning, middle, and end, Miike omits the end, further disorienting a viewer that is already struggling to hold on.
If you can find enjoyment in the experience, the humor and extravagance, then everything else is trivial. But I personally did not. The film may be a perfect representation of the manga (I wouldn’t know), but that alone doesn’t make it a good film.
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
- A Page of Madness
- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
- Meshes of the Afternoon
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).