Ichi the Killer
Love really hurts.
When a Yakuza boss named Anjo disappears with 300 million yen, his chief henchman, a sadomasochistic man named Kakihara, and the rest of his mob goons go looking for him. After capturing and torturing a rival Yakuza member looking for answers, they soon realize they have the wrong man and begin looking for the man named Jijii who tipped them off in the first place. Soon enough Kakihara and his men encounter Ichi, a psychotic, sexually-repressed young man with amazing martial arts abilities and blades that come out of his shoes. One by one Ichi takes out members of the Yakuza and all the while Kakihara intensifies his pursuit of Ichi and Ichi's controller Jijii. What will happen as the final showdown happens between the tortured and ultra-violent Ichi and the pain-craving Kakihara?
..........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…
Another film with semen in it by Takashi 'Watch How Many Films I Can Squeeze Out in a Year' Miike. Yeah dude, we get it. You're edgy and modern. And stuff.
My first film from Miike. This ended up being one of those films too fucked up for me to ever want to see again. Great film though.
I'm not really sure what just happened.
I liked it but would never recommend it to anyone for any reason
The opening title is spelled out in cum. That's pretty much what you need to know.
I'm not really sure what just happened.
This movie's really weird you guys.
I know, I know, no shit right?
I'm not talking about the plot or the characters or the violence. I'm talking about just the way it is made. It's shot, edited and sound mixed to keep you constantly in a state of unease. Random music cues, music drowning out the dialogue, editing techniques that are just slightly off.
It's actually shot much more beautifully than I remembered, showing once again that Miike is an artist and does have a compositional sense even if he forgets about it sometimes.
I have to say though, I didn't love this as much as I was hoping I would. Miike and this were such big touchstones for me…
again not a fan, again still entertained and interested by what i see but again never truly absorbed or amused or astonished by the experience.
here i think there are too many characters, too many story lines, too much plot, too much happening, and yet you feel that it was both too long and too slow.
here you see the genius of the director, the movie is a visual spectacle, the production design truly makes a great world.
never i have seen such a great world created, the art direction, the costume design, even hairstyling and make-up, become instantly iconic.
it is a very fun film that might confuse or be complicated but that does deliver what it promises: a good time.
Lazy Sunday Movie!
I'm not entirely sure what I just watched... but I think I liked it... and I think that means I'm a little sick inside.
Mani brīžiem uztraucas tas cik ļoti man šādas filmas patīk...
Ichi The Killer follows a man by the name of Kakihara, who's looking for his missing boss. He doesn't know his boss is dead, and that a brilliant killer lies waiting for him. Takashi Miike's brilliant opera of gore is also very atmospheric. With the orange sun lying on Tokyo, the claustrophobic alley ways and the ambient noise in the apartment complex. Lets not forget an excellent soundtrack by Boredoms.
A gang boss is murdered by an assassin, Ichi, all evidence is cleaned up by a crew headed up by Jiijii. His lieutenant, a sadistic scarred Kakihara, believes he's still alive and embarks on a gory quest to find out what happened to him. Parallel to that we learn more about Ichi and there's a side-plot about a cop turned enforcer after being discharged for losing his weapon......
The gore initially was a bit extreme but I got used to it pretty quickly. The violence is fantastically over the top and Takeshi Miike films it in kinetic fashion: It moves along at a pretty good pace. Miike tries ascribing various psychological issues to his characters with S&M, Freud, Pavlov all…
I feel like I needed to watch this as a point of reference, but perhaps I'm not a serious enough film student yet to appreciate this. Way too brutal for me, and I'm not sure I got anything useful out of it.