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Ichi the Killer - R rated

Tadanobu Asano , Nao Ômori , Takashi Miike    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars c'mon guys July 15 2004
By A Customer
Anyone who tries to take this film seriously is a fool and they're missing the point. Have you seen Dead Or Alive? Remember the last fifteen minutes of the final showdown and how over the top ridiculous it is? Ichi the Killer is pure entertainment in the same vein filled with scene after scene of gratuitous violence and torture for the sake of shock value. Kind of like those Lucio Fulci zombie flicks from the 70s. Throats slashed, tongues cut off, hot oil, razor sharp needles, the list goes on. The first hour or so focuses more on the violent aspects of the characters and the second hour focuses more on the characters themselves. It could have been a bit better if it did explain more about how the characters became the way they are but it certianly didn't detract from the story: a run-of-the-mill mob revenge flick. The only thing about this film I didn't like was the extreme violence, forced sex and mutilation of women. Perhaps this was a way of expressing how vile these characters really are but it seemed to be the only extreme thing about the movie I felt to be a bit unnecessary. Outside of that a very entertaining film. See this if you're a gore fan.
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By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
I loved `Audition' by Miike and so I had to see `Ichi.'. While the style is definitely Miike's, I found that I didn't like it quite as much as `Audition.' It is hard to care much about many of the people being tortured because there is no character development in most of them with the exception of Ichi and Kakihara. Kakihara likes to be tortured, but only by those who are the best at inflicting pain. Therefore he is very studied in the art of giving pain and practices this with relish. There is a poor slob in the movie who is tied to a chair and has grossly enlarged needles thrown at his exposed face and who knows what else is done to him before they get the idea to cut his unmentionables into several ribbons with a pair of scissors. While there was little to no character development with this man it is hard not to be sympathetic to his plight. I felt a large rush of horror even though I am a female.

Ichi is interesting and has a strangely boyish face for one who is so unbalanced and capable of massive human destruction. It is hard not to feel sympathy for him as well because he is manipulated and used by someone who engages in mentally torturing him to achieve his ends.

This film is not just a straight forward slasher as many critics have said - it grabs you from many different angles and keeps the brain ticking away throughout. One minute you're laughing your head off, and the next you're trying your hardest not to look away. Then two minutes later you're deep in thought giving both the main leads a good psychological going over. At the end of the film we get some mixed up mental messages and have to decide what to do with this information-Miike's trademark as far as I can tell.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cool Asian gore flick! June 29 2004
This is a story set in Tokyo, a yazuka boss with blonde hair is looking for the one who killed his boss named " Ichi The Killer". Ichi is an anti-hero who goes around Tokyo looking for rapists then slices them literally in pieces with ultra-sharp razors, now the boss of the yazuka clan must find him and kill him.
An entertaining, nasty, violent, funny and gory Yakuza flick from acclaimed Japanese director Takashi Miiki ( who did " Audition" and " Visitor Q). It's based on a Japanese manga of the same name, this movie is quite an interesting, sleazy and disturbing movie with loads of good acting, complicated storyline and gore abound, it's definitely not for the faint hearted but it's a gore lover's kind of movie all the way. Can't wait to watch the anime prequel to it coming this fall on DVD.
Also recommended: " Riki-Oh The Story of Ricky", " Kill Bill Vol. 1", " Fist of the North Star ( Animated)", " Battle Royale", "Hellraiser", "Scarface", " Freddy Vs. Jason", " Versus", " The Toxic Avenger", " Maniac ( 1980)", " The last House on The Left", " House on The Edge of the Park", " Suspiria", " Phenomena", " Inferno", " Sleepless", " The New York Ripper".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blows Tarantino Outta the Water June 29 2004
By Steve J
Having only seen one Takashi Miike film (FUDOH - THE NEW GENERATION) before this, I was a little apprehensive when reading the back of this DVD. Though I enjoyed FUDOH, it wasn't what I would call a great movie. After reading the synopsis, I expected ICHI to be little more than a PULP FICTION-style thriller. Never a fan of John Woo or filmmakers of that type, I settled in to watch ICHI with slightly lower expectations than FUDOH (which, again, I enjoyed, but did not find great). Boy, was I ever in for a shock. The violence of FUDOH does not even begin to compare with that of ICHI... and FUDOH was one hell of a violent movie! More importantly than that, however, was the fact that beyond its often astounding violence was a great story filled with fascinating characters. Filmed in a super-fast-paced style, ICHI tells the story of ruthless yakuza assassin Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano is absolutely terrifying!), a maniac with a sadistic streak a mile wide and a masochistic streak just as wide, who goes on a rampage to find his boss, who has disappeared with a large sum of money. In his search for the missing ganglord, he quite literally leaves a trail of blood and guts behind him. His outrageously violent methods anger the other members of Japan's organized crime world, to a point that they enlist the help of the mysterious titular character in disposing of the maniac. Ichi remains unseen (or so we think) till well into the film (and his appearance is one of the biggest shocks of all), with only his gruesome handiwork on display till then. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly amazing work of film
I am a huge fan of Takashi Miike, and Ichi completely blew me away! The acting is incredible and after the film I wanted to cry because it was so great. Read more
Published 23 months ago by StefB
3.0 out of 5 stars Ultra Violent Madness, For Better or Worse
Live Action Anime...yes it is an oxymoron, but it's one way to describe what Director Takashi Miike has done with Ichi the Killer. Read more
Published on July 5 2007 by K. Driscoll
2.0 out of 5 stars Psychologically a good study... otherwise, pretty bad.
For the name of the movie "Ichi the Killer"... that's not Ichi on the front cover. That's Kakihara (a completely insane member of the Anjo gang who REALLY enjoys... Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by D. Hunter
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so deep as intended.
First of all I have never been bothered by excessive gore and violence. I also occasionally enjoy a David Lynch or David Cronenberg film (which as a previous reviewer noted, it... Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by J. J. Biron
4.0 out of 5 stars only rent or buy the unrated edition
i made the mistake of renting this from my local commercial video store and as i waited in line i noticed that my copy was R-rated but i thought nothing of it. Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by bowery boy
1.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't give this movie away to my worst enemy
The overexcess of gore and violence does NOT make up for the terribly weak plot of this movie. I was hardly able to finish Ichi the Killer and it's not often or ever I turn off, or... Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by Kyle S. Mellon
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing
I love the work of Takashi Miike, he can make any story seem new again with his surrealist style of filmaking. Read more
Published on June 22 2004 by Paul Kath
2.0 out of 5 stars ichi is a killer who has down syndrome
First of all, the picture is not ichi, its some other wacko who actually is kinda cool unlike ichi who is aretarded twenty year old who is manipulated into killing gangsters and... Read more
Published on June 14 2004 by Travis Oster
5.0 out of 5 stars It's really a love story
Prepare yourself for severe emotional scarification.
If you can muster the fortitude to watch the unedited versions of Ichi the Killer and Visitor Q all the way through you... Read more
Published on May 12 2004 by Ryan McCauley
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