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Director: Takashi Miike     Starring: Tadanobu Asano
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Format: DVD
Sku: 210991281
UPC: 631595092684
UPC 14: 00631595092684
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Editor's Note
Prolific director Takashi Miike (AUDITION) keeps finding new ways to test the boundaries of on-screen violence. ICHI THE KILLER is a masterful piece of filmmaking, simultaneously funny and horrific, but it's only for viewers with strong stomachs. One character, Kakihara (Japanese indie film heartthrob Tadanobu Asano), a masochistic yakuza lieutenant, has slits in his cheeks through which he blows cigarette smoke and gleefully hacks off his own tongue to apologize for his impudence. Then there's eponymous assassin (Nao Omori), a painfully shy but sadistic young voyeur who wears a leather superhero outfit to work. Manipulated by the cagey and mysterious Jijii (English translation: "Gramps," Shinya Tsukamoto), Ichi lashes out and massacres those Jijii deems bullies, and basically anyone else who upsets his frail psyche. Jijii uses the demented lad to start a bloody war between rival yakuza factions. Miike's film is full of grotesquely over-the-top violent set pieces, including flying entrails, graphic mutilations, and even a severed human face splattered against a wall and slowly sliding to the ground. It's all captured with kinetic camerawork and hyperactive editing. It's not for everyone, but bolder viewers will find it uniquely entertaining.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Media Blasters Inc.
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/28/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 124 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 0926
Video UPC UPC: 00631595092684
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 3

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Japanese
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English Dubbed, Japanese
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Paulyn Sun
Video Cast Info Sabu
Video Cast Info Tadanobu Asano
Video Cast Info Nao Omori
Video Cast Info Susuma Terajima
Video Cast Info Shinya Tsukamoto
Video Cast Info Sumiji Miyake - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Dai Miyazaki - Producer
Video Cast Info Yuchul Cho - Co-Producer
Video Cast Info Hideo Yamamoto - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Hideo Yamamoto - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Akiko Funatsu - Producer
Video Cast Info Sakichi Sato - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Toyoyuki Yokohama - Producer
Video Cast Info Albert Yeung - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Elliott Tong - Co-Producer
Video Cast Info Karera Musication - Composer
Video Cast Info Takashi Miike - Director

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"...Takashi's kinetic direction and stylish visual flair are humorous and diverting..." 07/01/2003 p.64

Total Film
"...This demented butcher shop of a movie takes Asian cinema to new extremes..." 07/01/2003 p.134

Rolling Stone
"Takashi Miike's ICHI THE KILLER separates the men from the boys....With hyperkinetic camerawork and editing as well as a deep plot shaded with viciously dark humor..." 12/11/2003 p.219

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Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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