Movies that are slightly off.
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.
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…
Overflowing with stylised but extremely graphic violence & featuring enough flinch-inducing moments of bloodshed over the course of its runtime, Takashi Miike's Ichi the Killer remains one of the most controversial films ever made & is still banned in many nations but despite the gruesome cruelty depicted here, it was nothing but a hilarious ride for me.
Based on the manga series of the same name, Ichi the Killer follows the feud between two rival gangs which erupts when the crime boss of one of the gangs disappears & is believed to be kidnapped by the other mob, thus prompting the yakuza enforcer of the former to carry out his sadistic investigation which leads him to Ichi, a psychologically damaged killer who's manipulated…
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 movie has all forms of rape, torture, sadomasochism, and bizzare, gruesome violence imaginable. It has appeared on lists as one of the most disgusting films of all time.
And you know what?
I loved every goddamn second of it.
Am I twisted? Psychotic? Sick? Maybe. Within the film's grotesque ultra violence, however, lies its beauty. The torture scenes could be seen by some as a form of art. The cat-and-mouse, will-they-won't-they story of a masochist looking for his ultimate sadist partner was a unique, thrilling story, and one that never lets up.
Kakihara (the man in the poster on the film's Letterboxd page) is a badass gangster who smokes and blows the smoke…
That so very delightfully fucked up
This movie? Definitely not for everyone. However, as someone who enjoys this film quite a bit, there are a few reasons I enjoy it so much. The overall psychotic, greusome nature and carefully crafted, stylistic cinematography are what drew me in and Kakihara's sadomasochistic albeit jovial persona kept me interested.
An hour into this movie felt like a lifetime as I watched dozens of hollow, sociopathic characters dance to the death in a waltz I couldn't give half of a shit about. Idiot savant perverts with suspension-of-disbelief shattering super-legs fighting masochistic sociopaths a compelling narrative does not make, and when you clutter it with torture porn and pointless criminal mysteries and pop color as an attempt at levity and you end up with a film I'm almost angry at for wasting my time. I came into it with an open mind and was initially caught by the frenetic and somewhat stylish cinematography, but the film quickly devolved into uncomfortable and unessary scenes that were more aggravating and just plain than interesting or engaging. Turning off the film left me with no unanswered questions or burning desire for closure- I was just happy to have every last character in this movie out of my life as quickly as possible.
Demented, twisted, uncomfortable and visceral. The CGI dates it somewhat but this is an utterly disgusting and enthralling journey into one of the most depraved minds in cinema.
Oooo eeeee ehhh yuuuuuccckkk uhmmm noooo nononono pffff YARGH!!
Wha eillloooouuuuyyyy huuuu whohoo
Dude who makes fake blood for a living: hmmmmmmm yessssss
For years I have heard about this film, how "hardcore" the violence is, how it was banned in several countries for it's shocking violence, how people passed out at it's premiere, and I was let down big time.
Ichi the killer is a 2001 action crime movie from director Takashi Miike, based of the Manga comics. Sure there is violence and gore but it's so over the top it's cartoon like and therefore not disturbing, the CGI blood really shatters the disturbing mood as well. The CGI even for 2001 is subpar at best, and as for the story, I found myself bored about half way through the running time. There are a few things of note here, a reflection on sadism and violence and watching said violence but this gets lost amongst the cheap camera tricks and uneven strange style of the movie. Just watch something else insted.
I don't know how to put into words what I just watched, other than seeing my favourite goofball directors head greenscreened onto the neck of a bodyuilder is probably my favourite thing I have ever seen. The amount of pure brutal violence in this film is so over the top that I can't help but adore it. Needless to say, tadanobu's character was the highlight of the film, and one of the best visual villains I've ever seen.
Being as I like gore, it was what drew me into actually watching the film. I really liked it though, it wasn't mindless and had a plot in the end I was a bit shocked.