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.
..........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…
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Ichi, ein verstörter und labiler junger Mann wurde in seiner Jugend geschlagen, gedemütigt und musste mit ansehen, wie ein Mädchen, das ihm helfen wollte, deswegen missbraucht wurde. Das jedenfalls erzählt ihm Jijii, der die Wut, die Ichi deswegen immer wieder aufbaut, nutzt und sie gegen andere Menschen, vor allem Yakuzas, lenkt, da er denkt, das wären die, die ihn damals verschlugen. So tötet er auch den Yakuza und Boss von Kakihara. Dieser ist sehr masochistisch veranlagt und ist zum einen fasziniert von dem seiner Meinung nach kaltherzigen Killer Ichi und zum anderen will er ihn tot sehen, da er seinen Boss tötete. So begeben sich beide Männer auf die Jagd aufeinander, der Eine getrieben von seinem Hass und seiner…
Ichi the Killer is one of my friend's favorite films and he had been begging me to see it with him for a while, so I decided to do just that today. I enjoyed it!
While there is a pretty hefty dose of gruesomeness on display here, it all feels excessive in an almost satirical light, similar to how Paul Verhoeven would do it. And there were a few scenes where I had to turn my head away from the screen (that tongue scene - YUCK!), but overall I found myself much less disgusted and laughing a lot more than I thought I would be. Takashi Miike piles on the carnage so much it's 100% clear to me he knew…
Si se planteara esta película como una lucha entre escritores, Kakihara sería Ernesto Sabato. La claridad con la que habla y actúa parte del aceptarse a sí mismo y su productividad se basa en la condición oscura que domina su ser y la explotación de la misma. Sabato escribe desde la más inmensa negrura de su alma, acuchilla con cada palabra imponiendo un sentimiento de amor en cada capítulo.
Por otra parte, Ichi, the killer, sería Mario Vargas Llosa. La lucha y la carga infantiloide que impera en su ser nace de un pensamiento dependiente. Se trata de una marioneta de los acontecimientos, con una revolucionara manera para desenvolverse en la acción.
Vargas Llosa escribe desde el prisma de su…
Despite the content of the film, there's no denying the irresistibility of Miike's bombastic, hyper kinetic, balls to the wall style.
Fantastic film, though I spent more than half of it thinking that Kakihara was Ichi.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Bottom line: Ultra-violent but it's gimmicky because it doesn't offer anything insightful other than a depressing outlook on life.
Ichi the Killer (2001) is a film about a masochistic yakuza named Kakihara (Asano) as he looks for his boss who disappeared. He comes across Ichi (Ômori), a psychopath who, in the words of IMDB's description, “may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.” If you Google for the poster for this movie, it is a little misleading (though I suspect it's intentional). The man with the Joker-like scars on the poster is Kakihara, not Ichi.
I should note that although I am writing this review today, I have seen this movie twice. I saw…
Still don't know what I watched.
Brutal! So entertaining!
A man brutally beats up a prostitute and begins raping her, while the titular Ichi watches it all happen. Already from this initial shot of the film, followed by the title appearing from a pool of semen, it is evident that this film is not for the faint-hearted. This film is filled to the brim with violence, and characters who lives solely for purposes related to violence, something which makes this film feel raw. I do not know the manga of the same name, but after watching Takashi Miike's film, which is based on it, I am enticed to reading it.
The raw feeling, which the film conveys through its characters and their actions, as well as its environment, is…
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).