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.
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…
..........what the hell did I just watch?
And why exactly did I like it so much?
Sometimes I worry me............
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…
Vomit-inducing this stylish film is. And festively gory and good. No buts.
My favorite Takashi Miike film, based on my favorite manga.
The violence & over the top personalities are fantastic.
Dude, why did you eat at that Japanese steakhouse before watching this?!
I didn't remember it being this shocking.
Shocking? That was absolutely insane!
Yeah, it's a really fun ride isn't it?
It was about to become a rerun of that time you ate the sushi from Kroger
Nah, I knew what was coming.
I sure didn't!
That doesn't even make sense.
You shut up.
Why are you giving this five stars too?! What's wrong with you today?
Hey, screw you, Ichi the Killer is a classic.
You can't debate me.
You don't control- Wait... Fuck.
I clicked on this about 20 minutes before it was going to be removed from netflix so I got lucky.
I adore Japanese cinema and I love ultra violent shit, so this movie was basically made for me.
This movie grossed me out, but in a good way.
Once I got the hang of the stylized violence, it was a very entertaining film. A fascinating character study between two totally different demented killers. I need to watch more Miike now.
I thought Ichi the Killer was messy af, but I was soooo here for it.
I want to achieve the same goals as Ichi did when he took a drag of a cigarette and blew the smoke out of his cheek scars.
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).