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…
10/10 blood buckets and heely knife shoes
I was really looking forward to this film but it actually wasn't too great. Looks nice though.
In this film, a character shouts "Oh my God!" in the style of Joseph Joestar. This is easily the best part of the entire movie.
Overall, it pains me to rate this so poorly, because there are some really neat ideas here, and some very good direction. Trouble is, it really just a complete mess, both in terms of "rushed out in a few months" and "throw a lot of shit against the wall and hope some of it sticks". The bits that do stick are certainly memorable, but the bits that don't are either crushingly boring, or just plain nasty. There is plenty of gore, but it doesn't seem to be well handled: the poster boy (who is not…
Thanks for reminding me why ice skating scares the shit out of me.
The mysterious Jijii (Shinya Tsukamoto) uses mental manipulation to control the sadomasochistic superman Ichi (Nao Omori), using him to throw the local yakuza into chaos. The yakuza has its own sadomasochistic enforcer, Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano), and the two are soon on a collision course.
Featuring a plethora of bizarre touches and what-the-fuck moments, Takashi Miike directs with a real flair and freedom that infuses a sense of joy into his graphic, wince-inducing film. In the hands of another director, this would probably be a pretty grim and gloomy little film, but Miike has the ability to find the fun in this type of material.
How do you describe this one? Insane! Very well made insane cinema. One guy has a gift of being able to fight his way through damn near anyone and anything with blades in his shoes and some bad guy named Ichi goes around with safety pins in his cheeks. He's totally deranged at that. The movie revolves around these two characters most of the time. It gets really gory at parts but it's more action than horror. I guess you could call this horror, but not really. Thriller maybe.
The ultimate cuck manga for kids!
The absurdity of what I was witnessing propelled this film to the half-way marker, where I realized there was no longer any tension because there was no longer any mystery to the film. Similar to Outrage (2010), which is a far less gorey yakuza joint, many of the scenes in this film are equivalent to the 'Monster of the Week' idea in that we continue to find new ways to do the same thing, over, and over again, It's also like that terrible show Boogiepop Phantom (2000), which is the sort of genre where 'dark' and 'edgy' coincides with an immature, child-like understanding of thinking that perpetual edginess is enough to sustain an experience. Akin to the failures of thinking there is posterity in spectacle, or even in CGI and 3D animation.
Boring, slow-paced, gimmicky. Go watch something like Texhnolyze (2003) instead.
My canon. In (approximate) order of favorite films, not necessarily of best action sequences.
Trying to keep a relatively open…