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…
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…
That was some enjoyable crazy shit.
Admittedly not for everyone, but for those who like balls to the wall Gore, insanity, characters, scrnery, and all around shocking story, this is definitely a must. Takashi Miike is definitely someone to seek out.
Infamously gruesome and sadistic horror film that is so over-the-top -it is next to impossible not to watch.
The gore is taken to point of the absurd. It soon becomes more comical than disgusting.
This film made Asano Tadanobu a full-fledged International Movie Star. And it is earned. His performance is at once hilarious and disturbing.
Often hard to determine if Takashi Miike is more interested in shocking or amusing us. In the end, he manages to do a little of both.
Get ready to barf for 128 minutes.
Probably on the most disturbing movies i've seen, but I can't help to like it a lot because of its crazy story, weird characters and gritty vibe.
Miike uses the right amount of pitch dark humor to tell the disturbing manga adaptation about a SM loving Yakuza luitenant obsessed by the deranged serial killer who killed his Boss, without getting to "whacky" or "serious".
Tadanobu Asano makes one of the most likable psychopath's in film history while Miike proves that he CAN keep the pace in a movie once in a while.
"50 shades of grey" can suck a d*ck.
Waaaay to long. Jesus, something this cool has no right to be so boring. The yakuza stuff is great and some of the best, most uncomfortable mob violence I've ever seen, but the film just drags whenever the titular character is onscreen. He's just not even vaguely interesting, and the plot around him is even worse. It's a shame, because there's a ton of great shit happening elsewhere in the film but its whole reason for existence is a huge bore.
The "Scavenger Hunt #3" Challenge!
Scavenger Hunt #3
Task 11. A film about a serial killer!
A bizarre cocktail of violence, perversion and dread, Ichi The Killer is certainly an interesting viewing experience. When a crime boss is brutally murdered one of his enforcers, a sadistic psychopath known as Kakihara, goes on a violent headhunt to find the murderer and the closer he gets to finding the murderer, the more excited he gets at the thought of this vicious killer.
As I previously said, Ichi the Killer has plenty of violence and perverse contents for the viewer to get sickened by (or excited. I'm not judging). All sorts of body fluids are getting thrown…
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