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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.
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CastSabu, Tadanobu Asano, Nao Omori, Shinya Tsukamoto, Alien Sun
DirectorTakashi Miike
Genre:  Drama, Horror
Release Date:  January 1, 2001
MPAA Rating:  R
Screen WriterSakichi Sato
Runtime:  2hrs 8min
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Quick Tip by . June 18, 2011
That Takashi Miike shot this with his usual eye for detail and furnished its cast with some first-rate character actors (Asano, Tsukamoto, Terajima) doesn't help that every aspect of its story is completely stupid. Miike fanboys and otaku can say what they like; this movie is retarded.
review by . October 20, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
I loved `Audition' by Miike and so I had to see `Ichi.'. While the style is definitely Miike's, I found that I didn't like it quite as much as `Audition.' It is hard to care much about many of the people being tortured because there is no character development in most of them with the exception of Ichi and Kakihara. Kakihara likes to be tortured, but only by those who are the best at inflicting pain. Therefore he is very studied in the art of giving pain and practices this with relish. There is …
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