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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly amazing work of film Oct. 24 2012
By StefB
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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. This is definitely a must see if you are a fan of Miike's or Asian films in general. Of course if you are squeamish then this wouldn't be the one for you but if you enjoy gore along with a great story line then this movie is perfect for you! I wish there were more movies like this around. One of my many favourites!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ultra Violent Madness, For Better or Worse July 5 2007
Format:DVD
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. It's like a live action version of Akira or Ninja Scroll.

The film's plot is secondary so I won't dwell on it here, but if you have never seen Miike's films, get ready for a ride through the imagination of a complete mad man. The best part about the film is that Miike and his team are actually outstanding technically, and his sense of humor is both original and in my opinion hilarious.

Ichi the Killer is as glossed over and stylized as it is sadistic and violent, and believe me when I say that this film is violent. It's sexually violent content is out of whack as well and alone might earn Ichi an NC-17 stamp but it's violence is so fantastic it almost seems cartoon-like. If you didn't find humor in films like Dead Alive, Robocop, Evil Dead 2 or Kill Bill pass on Ichi, but if you like those films like I do, give Miike a chance, you won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's really a love story May 12 2004
Format:DVD
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 will be taken to the very limit of the cinematic extreme.
Short of a snuff flick a Takashi Miike film is the most sick depraved event you will expirience on you television set (with the exeption of the Olsen twins movies of corse).
Ichi the Killer Rules!
Be prepared!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fake violence April 21 2004
Format:DVD
I loved 'Audition' and I've been trying to get my hands on Visitor Q, in the meanwhile I stumbled across Ichi. Considering it's by the same director, Takeshi Miike (a sort of Japanese Tarantino), and after reading up on the film's overall hype and reputation, I thought I'd give it a try. I loved the cold, sterile style of cinematography and the narrative in Audition. I was hoping this would be similar. An intelligent yet warped storyline, submersed with dry wit, cynicism and surrealism. I think there's definite elements from the 'Audition' side of things in there (particularly the torture scenes - which I was sorta hoping would be a tiny bit more graphic), but I didn't find it half as intriguing.
I guess the film mainly appealed to me because of my occasional bloodlust. I don't even mind if the gore is senseless and irrelevant sometimes, as long as it's depicted realistically and fits somehow, even symbolically, into the context of the plot. In the end, I found this film was really about pain which fills the empty void in life, illustrated in a sort of twisted s&m/fetish, murder and rape way. I find that the director sorta likes to experiment on the viewers, and his films are the idyllic sort of stimulus medium in which to 'freak us out' and then make us think about why we watched his film and probably why we enjoyed it and want to see another. I found that's the effect both Audition and Ichi had on me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Life without pain has no meaning... April 7 2004
Format:DVD
Gentlemen, I intend to give your lives meaning..."
I'm not sure if I feel worse that I saw "Ichi the Killer" or that I actually enjoyed it! Probably neither actually. I saw "Suicide circle" a week before, and I feel I may have been somewhat hasty when I said in my review it was the weirdest movie I've ever seen - I think that "Ichi" might just have it beat...
Anyone who saw the humor in the "American Psycho" novel, or enjoyed "Very Bad Things" will definitely want to see this. The plot is fairly ludicrous and poorly explained. Some guys want to bust up some gang so they set a couple of gangs against each other. I think that's it - although there were plenty of mistakes in the subtitles and my Japanese isn't so hot, but I think I got most of it.
Anyway, the real attraction isn't the plot, it's the characters, Ichi and Kakihara. Ichi is a reluctant mass-murderer, while the Kakihara is a willing masochist. Should be fun when they meet, right? The premises and backstories are waaay out there and there's a subtle twist to the denouement and all in all it is a fantastically entertaining ride.
If you have the stomach to sit through it that is...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Explanation (hopefully) March 28 2004
By Ra
Format:DVD
Masochist: "Beat me!"
Sadist: "No!"
This is for those that think the violence is pointless or that the movie has no plot. If you haven't seen the movie you might not want to read this.
Jiji (the old man) is after Kakihara, why I have no idea. He wants to inflict as much pain as possible on Kakihara and his gang, which is difficult seeing how Kakihara is a masochist. Jiji is actually Ichi's old karate instructor (the muscular dude is the real Jiji the old man is his disguise). He knew Ichi when he killed his parents and used that to brainwash him. What he didn't know is that Ichi is a monster sadist who doesn't fully realize it. Jiji can't just go after Kakihara for no reason so he fixes it where he gets hired to do it, which is why he sets up Suzuki.
The violence in the movie comes in two forms, the comic book stylized violence which is almost comical and the ultra -realistic stuff, usually perpetrated against a female. The movie is not misogynistic, women are used because they are seen as being delicate and therefore the violence resonates more than it does violence against men. By contrasting these two kinds of violence Miike allows the viewer to set their own limitations for their consumption of violence; in fact, the whole sadism masochism thing could be seen as a reflection of this. (Miike could be saying that the person that perpetrates violence, the sadist (filmmaker), is no better or worse than the person who enjoys receiving it, the masochist, or viewer. (Miike makes the viewer identify with Kakihara by tricking us at the beginning.) The way in which Jiji (and Miike) get their revenge is through dissapointment. Instead of a huge violent showdown, ala DoA, we get a bawling Ichi laying on the ground a wreck.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ichi the Killer' is Brutal and somewhat of a Stylish film
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. Read more
Published on July 1 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.
4.0 out of 5 stars c'mon guys
Anyone who tries to take this film seriously is a fool and they're missing the point. Have you seen Dead Or Alive? Read more
Published on July 15 2004
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 12 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Blows Tarantino Outta the Water
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. Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by Steve J
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool Asian gore flick!
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". Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by John Lindsey
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
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