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.
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…
..........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…
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…
Fun for the whole family!
A crazed killer is hired to search for a missing boss and goes against another team searching for the same thing. They eventually meet each other and battle to the death. I believe this is the first Miike film that I saw. Extreme violence and gore, almost being comical in parts. Ichi is a film to watch if you like brutal violence and thrilling martial arts action.
Hart Street loft, Brooklyn, New York
(Rachel) I really disliked this film. Ichi the main character (who's not the person on the cover) is really annoying and I'm pretty sure just mentally challenged. He spends his time crying and killing people on accident with his shoe that has a blade attached to it. The movie was hard to follow and even when I did follow it I didn't like it. I did like the character on the cover which I'm not going to waste my time finding out his name because I don't care enough, was fun. He is a severe masochist and does some really horrendous torture as well. He was the only redeeming part of the movie although even he was pointless in this movie. Omg and the way it ends is just way out of left field. I thoroughly disliked this to its core. I give it .5 star.
Very interesting, but campy at times.
Manga is much better and even more crazy.
Nevertheless, Takashi Miike proved again that he can make an enjoyable and good watch out of anything, in no time and with no budget. Fucking wizard.
confusing and violent
The pace and visuals are interesting, but the film itself is incredibly scattered and not nearly as stimulating as you would think.
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