• Ichi the Killer (2001)

Ichi the Killer

Release Date: 2001

R |2 hr 8 min

Plot Summary

A bloodthirsty hoodlum (Tadanobu Asano) sparks a series of violent reprisals after his boss is apparently taken by a mysterious assassin (Nao Ômori).

Cast: Tadanobu Asano, Nao Ômori, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Paulyn Sun, Sabu

Director: Takashi Miike

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Omega Micott Inc, Excellent Film, Star Max, Omega Project, Emperor Multimedia Group (EMG) [hk], Alpha Group, Spike Co. Ltd.

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    John PetrakisChicago Tribune

    Any serious message has been sacrificed on the altar of excess, making us realize why the stylish story probably worked better as a graphic comic book than as a film. show more

  • 88
    Chuck BowenSlant Magazine

    Unhinged even for Takashi Miike, Ichi the Killer suggests a bloody and ejaculate-stained Rorschach inkblot, reveling in ultraviolence that can be interpreted to flatter any adventurous audience's sensibilities. show more

  • 75
    V.A. MusettoNew York Post

    One of Miike's most violent and sadistic movies, filled with squirting blood, throat-slashing, limb-hacking and other forms of mutilation too gruesome to describe here. show more

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