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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…
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…
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…
"Put some feeling into it, already! If you're going to give someone pain, you've got to get into it!"
Pretty much the polar opposite of Miike's own Audition-where that film was calculated, surgical, and cold, Ichi is sloppy, over-the-top, and passionate. It's pre-meditated murder versus a crime of passion.
An absolutely depraved and twisted film in every way imaginable. (I've been watching a lot of those recently, haven't I?) It's grimy as fuck but the colors are vivid and the camerawork is wild.
An over-abundance of TERRIBLE CGI gore and a slight drag in pace around the halfway point keep this film from 5 stars but goddamn it's too fucking crazy to give lower than 4 1/2.
Sp👹👻ky Halloween Flick #666
My first Miike joint. This was fun. It's pretty fucked, but it had really cool characters, and aesthetics. A lot of the gore, and there's a lot of gore, is pretty poorly done CGI. There are moments where theres blood and semen flying everywhere, but it's done in such bad CGI, that it makes it more difficult to believe the absurdity of it.
The quality of the copy I watched was pretty shit, but oh well. It was fun, and feels a bit shorter than its runtime.
I often read that "Ichi the Killer" is one of the most brutal films ever made. But to be honest, either this movie isn't that gory or meanwhile I'm too insensitive.
Gory, batshit crazy and with a hellishly fast paced, one of my favourite movies.
I can understand why some people love Ichi, but I just couldn’t get into it. For one, it’s apparently influenced by manga, a type of Japanese graphic novels/comic books that I have no interest in or experience with. Second, I was not a fan of the plot. The basic story is simple, but there were a lot of characters and sub-plots introduced, which I had trouble keeping up with the rapid fire dialog. I got tired of rewinding to catch all of the subtitles, so I eventually I just let it go. Lazy, I know, but the movie is already too long at 2 hrs 9 minutes, and I didn’t care to make it last any longer.
Everyone talks about…
Folle e violento elevato all'ennesimo splatter. A tratti davvero insostenibile. E che finale.
Film #17: 5/6 Countries (Japan)
I’ve been wanting to get into Takashi Miike for months, but with The Summer Of Directors bullshit I made up, I only got to watching The Happiness Of The Katakuris (which was fucking fabulous). I’ve had the DVD from Netflix lying around my house for about 3 months, and it was about time I watched.
Two best words to describe it: BATSHIT CRAZY
Ichi The Killer is basically a Japanese Tarantino flick: Brilliant storytelling, well-established characters, and a shit ton of blood.
Kakihara was such a badass. Probably one of the best anti-heroes in film.
Note on the blood and gore, half of it were spot-on practical effects, and the other half was…
Two words: F**k. Yes.
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