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Ichi the Killer
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by Greg Muskewitz

3 stars

Rampant assemblage, albeit crookedly stitched, of purely comic/absurd violence and grotesqueries.

Following the painful and masochistic dexterity of Audition, I would have expected something other than the comic book mentality and overall lack of seriousness from director Takashi Miike. In its place is the story of a disturbed youth who dons a rubber superhero outfit with the number “one” on the back; as the culprit (usually a rapist or pimp) laughs, often at the hero’s uncontrollable erection, Ichi cries and a blade springs from his boot. Butt-slicing time. Miike, known in Japan as their reigning “chaotisist,” thrives on sado-masochism. Examples of such: hooking a man from hanging chains (à la The Cell) with the additional torture of being doused in boiling oil; the razor removal of nipples; using the boot-blade to slice a body in half (of course, one can see all of the organs falling out as the body divides, but they all appear to be intact); intestines and other insides hanging from the walls, dripping from the ceiling, etc. Because of the outrageousness of the previous scenes, Miike faces the self-imposed necessity to continuously top each act with the next more grotesque and more visceral — however, in most cases, it falls apart like a sutured body. Though the gore is excessive and explicit, it is not squeamish in the sense that Audition is. Rather, the comicality and perversity drive it over the cliff. Ichi the Killer is more of a cartoon in appearance and presentation than it is a movie no matter how violent or ridiculous, and while the absence or ignorance of logic severs all ties to the constraints of reality, there is little (after a short while) to keep one interested even in the fantastical. Naturally, the initial shock wears off and the monotony builds, but Miike is far too lost in his own fantasy world. Prolific as he seems to be, the skill he showed earlier is seemingly not ingenit.

With Nao Omori, Tadanobu Asano, Shinya Tsukamoto, Suzuki Matsuo and Paulyn Sun.


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User Comments

7/10/13 belial1134 Fantastic & fun movie, but avoid Ichi-1 (prequel) 5 stars
6/07/13 David Hollingsworth A huge slap in the face, but an absolute brilliant, and blood-splattered one. 5 stars
12/28/10 Moose Rapper Just when I thought nothing could still shock me... 5 stars
12/13/09 Michael Jay This movie is amazing. Amazing because it makes you go what the hell? XD 4 stars
7/10/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess Two words: Holy fuck! 4 stars
1/14/09 DatNizzle Kakihara makes Heth Ledgers' Joker look like a cheap knockoff. No Really. 5 stars
3/10/08 Lun-Sei A deep analysis of violence's mechanics hidden in a flashy, toony, amusing gorefest flick 5 stars
9/22/06 Pritchett Definitely unique. Miike is the master and Kakihara is a great character. 4 stars
10/24/05 Suk-R-Punch A total adrenaline rush of a film...step aside, pussies, if you can't hang!!!!!! 5 stars
10/15/05 OodlesofOs One of Miike's best films...Kakihara and Ichi are two amazing characters. 5 stars
10/13/05 Agent Sands One wild trip for Asian cinema freaks, nihilists, sick minds, and just plain gorefans. 4 stars
9/25/05 Total Crap EXTREME Asian Killer flicks rule. Ichi is Ruthless and the blonde is kinda freaky. 5 stars
9/24/05 Caiphn Rape fantasy shit is a little too much, ultra-violence is cool. 3 stars
9/02/05 Mailk Definitely a blast for those who have the stomach for it. 4 stars
9/02/05 Edward KAKIHARA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 stars
9/01/05 unlimited Extremely violent and freakish, but ends on an almost poetic note...way better than OLDBOY. 4 stars
8/31/05 Vasquez just a crazy, fucked up, insane movie...really entertaining. 4 stars
8/31/05 Christine Hosie confusing, violent story, unusual ending 5 stars
8/30/05 Brisbane I wish they would remake this in would kick so much ass!!!!!! 4 stars
8/29/05 Blissful Johnny This is an Asian cinema masterpiece! Miike at his best! 4 stars
8/29/05 Jabberjaw Interesting characters that actually upstage the gore. A total mindjob by the end. 4 stars
8/28/05 hicks A total blast for Miike fans...all others, well, go back to FINDING NEO, you Pussies!!!!!!! 5 stars
8/28/05 Joker Ichi and Kakihara are two of the most interesting characters ever invented... 4 stars
8/26/05 cam-ron There's no love in your violence. 4 stars
8/26/05 Termite KAKIHARA RULES ALL, BITCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
8/25/05 Copper Better than FIGHT CLUB...but what isn't? 5 stars
6/09/05 Agent Sands Great if you like light, entertaining two-hour sprees of inventive gore. 4 stars
6/07/05 tatum A little boring when the carnage would end 3 stars
5/31/05 Anna Ayala the mutilation and dismemberment made me spit up my chili 3 stars
4/09/05 K. Sear Not as good as his other films but still enjoyable. 4 stars
10/25/04 ELI All of this movie sucked. The gore was fake and stupid and none of the people were likeable 1 stars
10/23/04 Samuel Kakiharam is a bad motherfucker. This movie is excellent! 4 stars
8/19/04 Random Fuck Hated it. 2 stars
6/14/04 winston xl great film :-D 5 stars
5/18/04 taintedlunch Nonsensical, but riveting. Not for everyone. Crazy kink! 3 stars
5/15/04 mason STUNNING, AMERICAN FILMS SUCK! 5 stars
5/01/04 patrick MIIKE IS GOD. 5 stars
4/14/04 horror_blood Great movie, but you have to watch it from the beginning to the end to understand it. 5 stars
1/04/04 Mark Very entertaining yet strange gore fest. 4 stars
10/05/03 john holdsworth highly entertaining 5 stars
6/14/03 Colin Selby BLOODY BRILLIANT. 5 stars
4/14/03 john only miike can make you feel sympathetic for a sadistic, knife-heeled, rape fetishist. 5 stars
11/20/02 Joe Blow AWESOME! It's not nice to kill. 5 stars
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  02-Mar-2002 (NR)
  DVD: 18-Nov-2003



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