Ichi the Killer (Koroshiya 1)
Ichi the Killer (Koroshiya 1) (2001)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 14, 2001
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Ichi The Killer is a thoroughly shocking gorefest that will surely entertain those with strong stomachs and a penchant for brutal violence.

Tanner Tafelski
Village Voice

Miike layers a blood-stained commentary on a toxic world in which men offer protection to men but really end up dooming them to exist within a spasmodic, shambolic, and hypermasculine sphere of violence.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Funny, absurd, nightmarishly visceral and -- of course -- deeply serious.

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Chuck Bowen
Slant 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.

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Dennis Harvey

Even hardy gonzo-cinema auds will likely find the hectic pace overstimulating to the point of numbed-out tedium.

John Petrakis
Chicago 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.


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.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

The unceasing sadism is so graphically excessive, the director just ends up exposing his own obsession.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Miiki holds up violence as a virtue, in this nonconformist cartoon-like ode to ultra-violence, sadism and masochism.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Sadistic, misogynistic, comic and bloody in the extreme, Ichi the Killer is darkly funny, painfully disturbing and confusing as hell. I'm still not… More
xGary Xx
Based upon a popular comic book, Ichi The Killer is the story of a severely emotionally disturbed young man who is manipulated into expressing his impotence and… More
Carlos Magalhăes
Definitely shocking in its excess of gore and brutal violence, this bizarre (and inadvertently hilarious) manga story is filled with a surprising dose of dark… More
Melvin White
Kakihara: There's no love in your violence. "Love really hurts." Despite how much I like Takashi Miike, I was not impressed by Ichi the Killer… More
Alex roy
Raw, gritty and intense, Ichi The Killer is a film that will surely make you uncomfortable from the moment the film starts. This is an intense film, one that… More
Keiko Aya
Okay....It's just fucking disgusting that it's, It's made a massive Cult Following over nothing. This movie is one of the reasons they dub us as… More