Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
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…
Just pure insanity.
Absolutely, off the fucking walls, MENTAL
I love that films like this, that are so unafraid to go as far as they do and do exactly what they want (much like the film's anti-heroes), exist.
My favorite movie in high school. What does that say about me as a person?
It's perverse, without morals -- but what else would you expect from THE prototypical Miike film? It's a beautiful monologue on violence; Miike presents violence, and only violence. Without any pretensions, without any sort of commentary. We, as the viewer, are presented with the most vile parts of humanity: misogyny, non-consentual sadism, masochism, murder. Yet, without any sort of allegory to rationalize this movie to ourselves, we are still entertained.
In that, we learn something important about ourselves: we love to watch people destroy each other.
eh it was kinda shitty except for the blond guy, he was genuinely cool
This is one of the most disgustingly violentl films ive seen ever. There were so many times I had to look away because some scenes were very uncomfortable to look at. This film was more disturbing to watch than Hostel
I so want that suit Kakihari wears at the end. Shit is gangsta as fuck.
Keine Ahnung was ich an dem Film mal so toll fand... Ichi ist viel zu lang, viel zu zäh und über weite Strecken einfach langweilig. Dazu gesellt sich ein nicht zu tolerierendes Maß an sexualisierter Gewalt gegen Frauen... Das versucht Miike zwar über die Story und die Hintergründe der Charaktere zu rechtfertigen, wirklich einleuchtend ist das Gänze aber nicht.
a broad daylight psychopath gangster movie, one of the most violent I've ever seen. not sexist, just an exploration of the male's violent and cruel nature through a series of funny events that constantly flip the previous event's meaning on it's heads.
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