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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.
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............
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.
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…
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_.
Another film with semen in it by Takashi 'Watch How Many Films I Can Squeeze Out in a Year' Miike. Yeah dude, we get it. You're edgy and modern. And stuff.
Acutely aware of the absurdity of its violence, which doesn't mean it's not occasionally boring and indulgent in the macho grotesquerie it (maybe) questions. Love Miike's camerawork and the Boredoms soundtrack though.
Stylized and relentlessly violent, Takashi Miike's adaptation of the popular graphic novel is sure to put off most viewers with its gore, but unlike, say, the work of Quentin Tarantino, it serves its blood and guts accompanied with a self-awareness about the sadism and voyeurism it combines.
Wow... Just wow... Awesome
Stylish at times. Mostly boring.
one of the most violent and gonzo films i've ever seen.
I wanted to like this more than I did, but I just couldn't take it seriously, nor did I find it entertaining or interesting. It was well made, some fun flashy editing and original kills and a fascinating view of violence and pain. Definitely would recommend to torture porn fans.
Absolute shit. Good job, Miike, you've managed to make a mockery of one of the best manga ever.
I'm torn over how I feel about this movie. On the one hand, it is nasty and gory yet not to the point of exploitation or cheap thrills; it is also wicked funny and dark as hell. Unfortunately, it just fucking DRAGS on in some parts. I'm not that big on torture porn so those parts certainly didn't help.
For some, this is Takashi Miike's announcement to the world of just what kind of filmmaker he was, and what he was prepared to do to present his ideas to the masses. Based on the manga series by Hideo Yamamoto, Miike's film begins violently - within the first five minutes, you are either in or out. Let me paint a quick picture of it:
A pimp brutally assaults one of his prostitutes in the opening scene, practically crushing her skull and chest as he kicks her against walls and chairs. He then begins to rape her as she lies dazed and bloodied on the couch. This immediately had me sitting up, not sure what to make of what I was…
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