Ichi the Killer (2001) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Ichi the Killer (2001)

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  • Release Date:  2001
  • Genre:  Crime & Giallo
  • Director:  Takashi Miike
  • Screenwriter:  Hideo Yamamoto, Sakichi Satô
  • Cast & Crew:  Tadanobu Asano, Nao Ohmori, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Paulyn Sun, Susumu Terajima, Shun Sugata, Tôru Tezuka, Yoshiki Arizono, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Satoshi Niizuma, Suzuki Matsuo, Jun Kunimura, SABU, Morooka Moro, and Hôka Kinoshita.

Ichi the Killer (2001) Rating:

  • Dylan = 7 / 10;
  • Eloise = 6 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7.5 / 10;
  • Ronan = 7 / 10;
  • Simina = 10 / 10;
  • IMDB = 7.1/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 8.2/10.

Ichi the Killer (2001) Synopsis:

As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.

Ichi the Killer (2001) Review:

This movie is not for the faint-hearted. Even though it has moments of laugh out loud comedy, the entire film is filled with gory scenes, brutality, and violence at its peak. Because most of it if not all, was necessary for the viewer to observe how troubled is Kakihara and how disturbed is Ichi. I rarely see a movie with so much blood and so much torture that have a reason to be there.

In his quest of finding his tormentor’s killer, Kakihara uses his sadistic mind to torture all the suspects to have some information or are related somehow to the murder. And as he clearly admits, he doesn’t need proof to get his torture going. I just love this character. Weird, I know, but with his flashy clothes, his need for pain (to inflict or be inflicted upon) and his ominous presence, he’s the terror of everyone in his yakuza circle. Because he won’t stop at anything to get what he wants. And who doesn’t like such a strong character?

Ichi, on the other hand, has some serious issues. He’s used by the man who raised him, Jijii, to kill. He’s terrifying, with no emotions for his victims, and acts on his impulses when he gets mad. He plans to kill Kakihara and his whole gang because he believes that they’re all bullies, a kind he had troubles with all his life. Although he’s right in assuming that Kakihara is a bully (and a bullied), the idea is not his own. Jijii is the one manipulating him to do the killings.

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