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Director: Takashi Miike     Starring: Tadanobu Asano
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40230339
UPC: 631595031386
UPC 14: 00631595031386
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Welcome to a world where violence is a virtue and depravity is a way of life. This is the underside of Shinjuku, and the home of Kakihara, a sadistic Yakuza killer. He relentlessly tears apart the underworld searching for the man who killed his boss. The mastermind behind the plot is Jijii, an ex-cop bent on turning the gangsters of Japan against one-another. His trump card is a physically powerful lunatic who is constantly on the verge of snapping. This madman is Ichi the Killer, and between him and Kakihara, the streets will run red with blood. Directed by Takashi Miike who helmed Audition, Visitor Q and Dead or Alive, Ichi the Killer is the film everyone's been waiting for! -Ichi will tear you apart!

"...nothing short of a masterpiece...  Max Messier,
"Miike continues to push the envelope in terms of taste and cinematic violence...  Mike Bracken,

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.


Video Features DVD, Rated R, Japanese, English, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Media Blasters Inc.
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/18/2003
Video Play Time Running Time: 129 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 0313
Video UPC UPC: 00631595031386
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Nao Omori
Video Cast Info Paulyn Sun
Video Cast Info Shinya Tsukamoto
Video Cast Info Tadanobu Asano
Video Cast Info Hideo Yamamoto - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Takashi Miike - Director
Video Cast Info Yasushi Shimamura - Editor
Video Cast Info Sumiji Miyake - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Karera Musication - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Akiko Funatsu - Producer
Video Cast Info Takashi Sasaki - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Sakichi Sato - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Hideo Yamamoto - Writer

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

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Miike,Takashi
Product attributeLabel:   Tokyo Shock
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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