For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
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…
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…
..........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.
Fun, brutal, unpredictable, spooky moments with interesting editing wasn't disappointed.
I should not have eaten lunch while watching this.
I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around what I just watched. All I can pull from it is that Takashi Miike is a talented, yet deranged filmmaker.
I needed breaks in between this movie because I have learnt I have a weak stomach. Now I feel like vomiting.
Ichi the Killer sublima la violenza in un mare di chiacchiere. Gli studiosi hanno robetta per le loro seghe, agli altri si ammoscerà. #privè
I'd heard much about the controversial violence of Ichi the Killer and found myself intrigued, a feeling magnified when I realized the director is Takashi Miike, the man beyond the very strong film 13 Assassins. Unfortunately, I found Ichi the Killer to be an extremely unpleasant viewing experience. The story has to do with warring gangs and a mentally disturbed man named Ichi being manipulated to take down both sides. The film has an odd tone in that it is both extremely violent but maintains a sort of wacky comedy style. This never worked for me as the film is too brutal and violent to really be funny, and too silly to be taken seriously as a thriller. Miike really…
I have a buddy who's been trying to get me to watch this movie for 10 years. After finally succumbing, I feel like I could've gone another 10 years without having seen all that. Director Takashi Miike's ideas of violent and bloody make Tarantino look like Walt Disney. The critical theorists argue that the genius of the film is the way it makes the viewer confront his or her own fascination with gratuitous violence. Much like Requiem For A Dream, it's worth seeing at least once.
Not one for date night.
- 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).