Ichi the Killer

Directed By: Takashi Miike Starring: Tadanobu Asano

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Product Overview


Studio Media Blasters Inc.
SKU 210991281
UPC 631595092684
UPC 14 00631595092684
Format DVD
Release Date 7/28/2009
Hit Men
Horror Movies
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Takashi Miike
Tadanobu Asano
Cast & Crew
Paulyn Sun - Star
Sabu - Star
Tadanobu Asano - Star
Nao Omori - Star
Susuma Terajima - Star
Shinya Tsukamoto - Star
Sumiji Miyake - Executive Producer
Dai Miyazaki - Producer
Yuchul Cho - Co-Producer
Hideo Yamamoto - Source Writer
Hideo Yamamoto - Director of Photography
Akiko Funatsu - Producer
Sakichi Sato - Screenwriter
Toyoyuki Yokohama - Producer
Albert Yeung - Executive Producer
Elliott Tong - Co-Producer
Karera Musication - Composer
Takashi Miike - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 0926
UPC 00631595092684
Number of Discs 3
Running Time 124 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Japanese
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English Dubbed, Japanese
DVD, Special Edition, Trailers
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
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