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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…
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…
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.
Taking erectile dysfunction to a whole new level.
Everything in this movie is over the top (acting, directing, plot and yeah gore)
For what it was I enjoyed it, I thought it was pretty stupid in a fun way but had a weird attitude with a bit to much beating of women and rape. However the blood effects are so outdated and horrible I doubt they were ever dated at all. The lead guys coat is awesome though and the ending was good
Ichi the Killer certainly has an interesting stylistic flavour.
It's fuckin' weird. And gross. And completely demented. It's a film that exists in a bizarre alternate reality where blood gushes like a sprinkler and everything exists just to disturb you. Torture is pleasure- and pleasure is torture. No character acts like a human being, you are never certain whether or not what you're seeing takes place in the present, and weird video effects light up the screen every cut.
The style is by far the best part of the film. It's radiant. The camera moves as if it's from an MTV music video from 1999, and the colours pop like crazy. The street lights at night shine with an explosive…
This movie is outlandish. I feel like I'm watching a cartoon. Very graphic and sometimes comical. Kakihara has some pretty awesome outfits in this as well.
Well that was violent.
I had heard of “Ichi the Killer” before but never knew any details surrounding it. Turns out it’s famous for its tortuous cruelty.
The story pits rival Japanese gangs against one another, while an infamous hit man is picking members off. The overall story stays that simple throughout, but it’s the characters that make this one memorable. The acting boss of one of the gangs, Kakihara, has a bit of a sadomasochistic streak about him and runs around torturing and skewering people to get what he wants. Ichi, the titular character, kind of takes a back seat to Kakihara for the first half of this flick.
I did like the movie and its story, but found…
This is so insane and I like it. I do wish it was a little tighter, it drags around in the middle. This type of movies shouldn't be over 2 hours.
Despite a too-confusing ending, Ichi the Killer is a classic example of Japanese gore cinema. Because amid the slicing and spurting and rape and torture, there are characters that are being explored, commented on, and explained. A dip into Japanese core cinema is a lesson in human psychology such that it can stand on its own without any violence. But violence there is, which limits Ichi's potential demographic, which is kind of a shame, but hey, I like violence.
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- Babe: Pig in the City
- A Page of Madness
- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
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Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).