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…
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.
Had the strangest craving for tempura after watching it...
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
While this was my third time watching this film as whole, the practical effects and gory nature leaves it just as jaw dropping as it was the first viewing. As my first and only Takashi Miike film to date his directorial voice speaks loudly with his use of color, framing, and editing -- all which can be considered sporadic yet exciting. Though the third act drags a little bit at the beginning with the over explanation of Ichi's need to kill off the rest of the Anjo gang, by giving the rest of the side characters three dimensional personalities your attention is never completely lost. In the end, Ichi the Killer really puts an interesting and modern twist on psychopaths with a ending that will leave you debating its true message for days.
This is an odd movie and really took some time to sink it. It is one that will stay with you. This is the only movie I had to actually turn away from a scene.
Takashi Miike's Ichi the Killer is a film that springs to mind when people as questions like, "What's the most violent film ever made?". Now, I don't consider Ichi the Killer to be the most violent film i've ever seen but it is certainly high on my "violent films" list.
Ichi the Killer is not only a film but also a commentary on what is acceptable in a film. Ichi the Killer is certainly famous for it's extremely explicit violence and scenes of disturbing sexual violence. But that is definitely not a reason to miss out on Ichi the Killer because despite it's particularly gut-wrenching scenes of torture, rape and other atrocities, is surprisingly a very fun, entertaining and well…
Such a good movie, god damn. Watching two of my friends watch this movie for the first time was THE FUNNIEST THING EVER. The wonder and horror in their eyes sustains me.