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…
What can I say about this film that hasn't been already. Ichi The Killer is as gory as you think it sounds, maybe more so. I have never read the manga this is based on, but watching this I didn't feel as if I had to. Admittedly the beginning was confusing with its character introductions; showing the viewer several characters in several different places did throw me off but later on it becomes clearer what each characters roles are. The story itself is quite interesting and definitely isn't your standard Hollywood blockbuster, with the scarred and pierced frontman not even being Ichi himself. Although not to spoil anything, to show Ichi himself would give off the wrong impression.
this is bonkers, and i love it.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I really got into the visual design (especially costuming & Kakihara), but the violence fetishism dipped past Tarantino levels and kept going all the way down to Hellraiser (maybe even a little farther). While Hellraiser's focus is the violence fetishism, and it commits to making it work within a cohesive narrative, the characters here (in Ichi) feel massively underdeveloped, as does the world around them. Dialogue feels needlessly simplistic, backstories are minimal, if they exist at all, and the stylization lacks consistency.
Totally Ninja! What an ending!
Still this was worth the effort solely for watching a blonde Asano looking bewilderingly good in such a grotesque persona.
I have mixed feelings about this one. I mean, it's fucking insane, and at this point I think it's well known that it contains a lot of gratuitous violence but at a certain point you ask yourself if you even enjoy it. I guess it's cool to see wicked violence on screen but some shit here just looks laughably fake and ridiculous. It's a movie that has a gritty style but once you get into the cartoony, absurdist action, the immersion is broken and you really take a step back and think to yourself, what the hell kind of movie is this? What I did like was the acting, the characters and actually a lot of the cinematography was amazing.…
If that guy is so buff and tuff why does he have Ichi do all his killing?
A fun, if slightly confusing, adaptation of a manga. Relevant because the film introduces you to so many characters and plots that, if you have no prior knowledge of the story (which I did not) it can get kind of hard to follow. Creatively shot though, and gory to the max.
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