Ichi the Killer

Directed By: Takashi Miike Starring: Tadanobu Asano

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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!


Studio Media Blasters Inc.
SKU 40230339
UPC 631595031386
UPC 14 00631595031386
Format DVD
Release Date 11/18/2003
Rating Rating
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
Nao Omori - Actor
Paulyn Sun - Actor
Shinya Tsukamoto - Actor
Tadanobu Asano - Actor
Hideo Yamamoto - Cinematographer
Takashi Miike - Director
Yasushi Shimamura - Editor
Sumiji Miyake - Executive Producer
Karera Musication - Musical Score
Akiko Funatsu - Producer
Takashi Sasaki - Production Designer
Sakichi Sato - Screenplay
Hideo Yamamoto - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 0313
UPC 00631595031386
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 129 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Japanese
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks Japanese
Aspect Ratio
DVD, Rated R, Japanese, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Miike,Takashi
Label Tokyo Shock
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Max Messier, Filmcritic.com ...nothing short of a masterpiece...
Mike Bracken, CultureDose.net Miike continues to push the envelope in terms of taste and cinematic violence...

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