Ichi the Killer

Posted: February 6, 2013 in Asian Horror


So…. when I said I was watching “Ichi the Killer”, I lied.  I had actually watched it a couple weeks ago and I was at a loss as to what to rate this movie, what to say about this movie, and how to even go about recommending this movie.  It took me a while, but I am 100% confident in this review and I am gonna go ahead and say…. I’ve found myself another 5 out of 5 star movie!!! Going into this movie, I was already aware of how batshit crazy Takashi Miike was (I’ve seen “Audition” numerous times), but I guess I neglected to remember his obsession with torture porn (or at least thats what I like to call it).  Rather than being a horror, I would have to say this is just an extremely violent, obscene, and brutal psychological action flick.  The plot centers around Ichi, who is seriously about as fucked up and weird as they come.  His father adopted him when he was young and has basically been brainwashing him with false memories in order get him to kill off anyone his father has a problem with.  That is only half of the equation.  Kakihara is an equally insane villain who is out to seek revenge on whoever took out his boss Anjo and the 300 million yen that has suddenly disappeared.  In essence, this reminded me of a Quentin Tarantino flick, only an Asian version (which automatically means it has to be 1000x more fucked up).

Between Kakihara’s victims and Ichi’s victims, I would have to say I was on a blood and guts overload.  Not to mention Ichi’s sexually-repressed fantasies which also made me want to vomit (but in a good way).  This movie was the real deal, and it did not mess around.  To continue with the plot, Kakihara goes on to kill and brutally torture members of a rival Yakuza gang because he thinks they are responsible for killing his boss.  When he finds out its actually Ichi, he becomes strangely obsessed with finding him and being tortured by him.  I guess you could say Kakihara is just as fucked up sexually as Ichi is, except he enjoys having immense pain inflicted on him instead of getting off to others being tortured.  Right about now, the plot of this film is bordering the line between  freaky horror elements and straight up uncomfortable sexuality.  Embrace it, Miike is a genius.  As the graphic nature of the scenes get more intense, the viewer learns a lot about Ichi’s father and his abilities to brainwash others.  The movie turns into a bit of a mindfuck and you are stuck wondering how everything got so crazy all of a sudden.  This movie might be a lot to handle for first-timers of the Asian gore category, but for someone who has seen a few, this film is one of the ultimates.

My love for the film mainly stems from the mind-bending plot and the crazy ass characters that I still can’t seem to get out of my head.  Each of Miike’s characters are so unique that their lives tell a story you have definitely not heard in other horror films.  None of the characters possess the least bit of a conscience and for the most part, everybody is absolutely mad. On top of that, the plot takes a lot of interesting twists and turns and its ultimately a journey through Miike’s insane mind, which I loved.  You gotta think, if Miike was able to imagine this stuff for a movie that came out 12 years ago, what kind of unspeakable things are going through his head now.  I would have to say “Ichi” was definitely ahead of its time with its absolute craziness and heartless brutality, along with over-the-top characters and an amazing plot.  This movie really knocked me on my ass and took me on a journey I was not expecting.  There is not one concept in this film that is remotely OK.  Everything is just absolutely fucked up and there’s no way you can enjoy this film and claim to be a totally normal person.  I would recommend this to my gore and splatter fans, because this movie is just totally gruesome.  This movie is definitely not for everybody, considering how disturbing it is.  If you are OK with admitting that you have a few screws loose in your head when it comes to the type of horror you like, then I think this movie is for you.  Otherwise, you might want to stay away.  When it comes to Takashi Miike, don’t bite off more than you can chew because it will most likely result in you vomiting.

  1. Great review! I want to be able to sleep at night so I’m in no hurry to watch this. 🙂

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