Ichi the Killer

Ichi the Killer ★★½

Really difficult to assess. I know that I will never watch this movie again, that I’m almost ashamed to have watched it in the first place, and that I loathe it, but was also floored by its critique of film fans as sadistic voyeurs, psychopathic in their appetites and infantile in their emotional development. They envision themselves as strong, virile, intimidating men, while incapable of withstanding the thrashings of a child. I read somewhere that, in this film, Miike just observes and doesn’t judge his viewers. This strikes me as wrong. He seems to judge. It’s just that they…I mean…we…deserve it.

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