Koroshiya 1 (Ichi the Killer)
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Maverick auteur Takashi Miike spins this unsettling, blood-soaked yakuza yarn adapted from Hideo Yamamoto's cult manga Koroshiya 1. When mob don Anjo mysteriously disappears, his protégé Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano) vows to find the people responsible. Sporting a blond head of hair and a yawning, pierced slash for a mouth, Kakihara is no ordinary gangster and his methods are equally unorthodox; he impales one poor suspect's naked body on a series of meat hooks and then dumps hot oil on him. Meanwhile, a shadowy character known as Jijii (played by director Shinya Tsukamoto) deftly… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even hardy gonzo-cinema auds will likely find the hectic pace overstimulating to the point of numbed-out tedium."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"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."
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"Ultra-violent action from Japan's leading cult director that plays fast and loose with genre conventions to deliver an innovative -- and frequently revolting -- work of cult Asian cinema."
‑ , Film4
"A film of considerable depth, intelligence and accomplishment that marks a new high point of maturity and consistency in its author's work."
‑ Keith H. Brown, Eye for Film
"[A] gross-out classic."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The torture is strictly for kicks, which spoiled this for me, but less skittish viewers may enjoy this as a stylish and tightly wound genre piece."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"The unceasing sadism is so graphically excessive, the director just ends up exposing his own obsession."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Miiki holds up violence as a virtue, in this nonconformist cartoon-like ode to ultra-violence, sadism and masochism."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Let's start with the fact that we were handed out Ichi barf bags before the film started. Always a good sign."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"It could have been more deeply disturbing; instead, it's just shocking."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Funny, absurd, nightmarishly visceral and -- of course -- deeply serious."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Only those most addicted to film violence in all its forms will find anything here to appreciate."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Hurts so bad, but feels so good."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"For those with an appreciation for weirdness, this is an extremist on form."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Um interessante exercício de estilo que surpreende pelo humor negro, pela violência extremada e pelo fascinante vilão masoquista."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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