Ichi the Killer (2001)

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Avg Rating: 4.5 / 5. Voted: 256

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AKA: Koroshiya 1
Directed by: Takashi Miike
Starring: Nao Ohmori (Ichi), Tadanobu Asano (Kakihara), Shinya Tsukamoto (Jijii), Hiroyuki Tanaka (Kaneko), Paulyn Sun (Karen)
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese (Eng Subs)
Runtime: 02:09:37
Genres: BDSM, Gangster, Gore-Gruesome-Splatter, Prostitution, Sexual-Violence against Men, Sexual-Violence against Women, Scars, Self-Harm, Torture, Voyeur

Plot – Spoilers:
A hypnotist Jijii controls a young psychopathic killer Ichi to take advantage of two gangs at war with each other. Ichi is so brutal in his hits, there are cleanup men who mop up after him.

When Yakuza boss Anjo goes missing, his next-in-command Kakihara makes it his mission to unravel the situation. Kakihara is a pure masochist and when he hears Ichi has his sights on him, it titillates him.

There are plenty of bizarre and hilarious characters in this Takashi Miike classic that was considered so violent, it was banned in many countries.

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uhohspaghettioh
uhohspaghettioh
July 26, 2023 12:49 am

Great film! Shame this version has such bad audio sync.

KAN
KAN
July 17, 2023 7:03 pm

Incredible display of violence and gore, whether there was also a story to follow I cannot say, but it would be good to find a director who doesn’t think that every action scene must include heavy loud music.

Moshi mona
Moshi mona
June 16, 2023 2:29 am

Just classic… An immaculate piece of true cinema .. aesthetically it’s an artistic wonder of pure sadistic and Gore encapsulating japnese culture of the tip on the ice Berg.

Ko
Ko
June 1, 2023 11:54 pm

P good adaptation, did not expect this good actors lol
Unfortunately all the cgi are a product of their time and it shows

FranciscoJeronimo
FranciscoJeronimo
May 2, 2023 8:10 am

genialll

Maggots
Maggots
April 1, 2023 6:58 pm

My New Year’s Eve movie. Enjoyed it very much, now a fan of Miike’s works

ssiopeia
ssiopeia
March 19, 2023 11:48 am

Asano Tadanobu is the best Japanese actor. Period. I loved this movie when I was 11, I loved it today. I no longer can stand gore as much as I used to, but I can definitely enjoy the familiar feeling that the movie gave me.

Takashi Miike never disappoints. I was hoping he would direct the Homunculi movie (written by the same mangaka that wrote Ichi The Killer), but that didn’t happen. Homunculi is definitely not as ridiculous as this one, that takes away from it.

This is a good movie if you like visuals and artsy camera angles and a lot of violence.

LITREALLYANAZI37
LITREALLYANAZI37
February 4, 2023 4:30 pm

HEY IAM JUSTED WATCH THIS MOVIE AND THERE WAS TOO MANY PEOPLE INN IT WAS CONFUSSING BUT VERY GUD

Luis Isturrieta
Luis Isturrieta
December 22, 2022 11:11 pm

Came here after the manga, doesn’t make it any justice honestly. Read the manga which is a million times better.

Polemic hatred
Polemic hatred
Reply to  Luis Isturrieta
December 23, 2022 1:39 am

Very few films are better than the original literature. That however does not mean the film itself is not worth watching. For example clockwork orange, lolita, trainspotting and under the skin are four good books worth reading and four good films worth watching.
I watched ..Ichi.. at a london film festival in its raw uncut version and am not sure if the actual release was cut but I remember that plenty of the audience walked out in disgust and to me that made it all the more entertaining.
I have no idea about the manga because I have zero abiity to follow any comic strip. My brain is just not wired for that kind of thing. I literally can not follow the naratives.

MT
MT
October 5, 2022 7:52 pm

I’d say this movie is fundamentally different from the manga. I don’t say it as a detrement to any of the two version but they’re indee different. The movie ending totally changes the core of the story, giving it a different core theme from the manga. But hta’s subjective, I love both the movie and the manga.

Jack
Jack
September 26, 2022 10:48 pm

Finally a worthy live action adaptation

keviuuu
keviuuu
September 26, 2022 10:36 pm

this and visitor q

Shades
Shades
August 19, 2022 6:45 am

Great. The cheap gore somehow makes it better.

keldominates
keldominates
August 15, 2022 1:43 am

ichi and kakihara are perfect gay rep. sometimes a man brutally murders every woman that comes into his life because his true soulmate is a man!

mbgone82
mbgone82
May 17, 2022 3:31 am

I watch this film at least once a week..

Ichi the killer fan
Ichi the killer fan
April 27, 2022 11:12 pm

I wish this dropped second Sadly but great movie overall.

Kuro
Kuro
April 12, 2022 4:30 pm

The manga is better

Kuro
Kuro
Reply to  Kuro
April 12, 2022 5:30 pm

Much better

Doot
Doot
Reply to  Kuro
June 1, 2023 11:51 pm

Always, but it’s a good adaptation

Headcheese
Headcheese
February 13, 2022 11:21 pm

hell of a movie

Butch Coolidge
Butch Coolidge
January 14, 2022 5:06 pm

Takashi Miike at his best!

Alex Hogendorp
Alex Hogendorp
January 14, 2022 1:51 pm

Aged like Fine Wine.

SEISMIC808
SEISMIC808
September 30, 2021 2:16 pm

Seen as my UK dvd copy is cut I’m looking forward to seeing this in full for the first time

iwnafuk
iwnafuk
September 19, 2021 8:16 am

v funi movie sexi outfit

wangblade
wangblade
August 28, 2021 6:54 am

so many cool characters in this movie

ur mother
ur mother
June 12, 2021 2:50 am

Lmao what the fuck was that ending hilarious watch though had me laughing

Tdawg
Tdawg
April 27, 2021 10:34 pm

Video is out of sync

BlYaT
BlYaT
Reply to  Tdawg
May 30, 2021 3:07 am

No it isn’t u fucking melt

skrt
skrt
Reply to  BlYaT
September 22, 2021 2:00 pm

The second source option is out of sync audio-wise, “u fucking melt” 🙂

Kimmy
Kimmy
March 31, 2021 7:07 am

One of the all time greatest movies made. A tale of true psychological horror. It depicts violence in all it’s forms and sex. It shows the bonds we all share with both masochism and sadism. We can see ourselves in Ichi and Kakihara. The dance they unveil is not one of death, but of life itself, one of struggle and pain. I hope Hollywood never decides to do a remake of this film. If you can read the maga, it is so worth it!

Farfadet Kennedy
Farfadet Kennedy
Reply to  Kimmy
March 31, 2021 8:00 am

Don’t jynx it.

emme
emme
March 27, 2021 7:55 pm

idk if i watched the uncut ver or the “safe” ver b4 on another site and not wanting to watch it again rn (not that i didnt enjoy its its one of my favorites of all time im just tired now) can someone whos seen both versions what the major differences r. like what scenes were cut from this one.

Rumpel
Rumpel
Reply to  emme
May 17, 2022 8:09 am

the safe I am pretty sure

man with a question
man with a question
March 24, 2021 11:43 pm

who was that kid at the ending

emme
emme
Reply to  man with a question
March 27, 2021 7:53 pm

the kid that was beating ichi up? hes that one guys kid ichi actually saved from bullies but now ichi killed his dad so hes fucking angry

Matisse Famke
Matisse Famke
March 5, 2021 4:58 am

Paulyn Sun’s performance is influentially and sublimely analogous to an Asiatic Helen Bonham Carter.

fuck nugget
fuck nugget
Reply to  Matisse Famke
May 24, 2022 11:48 pm

ok

Matisse Famke
Matisse Famke
March 5, 2021 4:06 am

Dai-ichi (第一) is a compound modifier phrase of Japanese origin, meaning number one. Takashi Miike cast a brilliant artist who portrayed a psychologically elaborate disposition of coveted evince.
Other films are bête noire in juxtaposition <3

ALLAH IS GREAT
ALLAH IS GREAT
February 24, 2021 10:17 pm

Madem dünyaya dargıngın ichi gurban niye dogdun

Kakihara'nin düşen götü
Kakihara'nin düşen götü
February 24, 2021 10:16 pm

Geçtiğin yollara bi dön bak istedim Kakihara, götün düşmüş.

LOTTY DA
LOTTY DA
February 13, 2021 4:07 am

WOW AWESOME MOVIE. TOTAL THRILL RIDE,,, THANKS TO YOU EFFEDUP , AGAIN

ALLAH IS GREAT
ALLAH IS GREAT
January 5, 2021 10:04 pm

This better be the uncut version.

Chu
Chu
December 15, 2020 7:56 am

I understood everything except how was Kakihara sitting in the bath tub in the end?

Emme
Emme
December 14, 2020 4:56 am

I own several versions of this but this one has the best giblets!

Chu
Chu
December 13, 2020 7:39 pm

This is one of the best and most artistic movie ever to be made. Better than Shawshank Redemption

jonathan crumb
jonathan crumb
December 4, 2020 12:09 am

good

svoloc
svoloc
October 10, 2020 1:45 pm

there’s a sync problem in both options 🙁

Seafall (Cf411)
Seafall (Cf411)
October 9, 2020 1:01 pm

Am I the only one hoping for a BL ending of Kakihara with ? In their extreme sadomaso way. ????

Seafall (Cf411)
Seafall (Cf411)
Reply to  Seafall (Cf411)
October 9, 2020 1:02 pm

with Ichi*****

MxSelfDestruct
MxSelfDestruct
Reply to  Seafall (Cf411)
March 31, 2021 12:55 am

not gonna bullshit you, you’re probably the only one

Eevie
Eevie
Reply to  MxSelfDestruct
March 31, 2021 2:22 am

Yeeeeah.. you’re the only one.

hellworld999
hellworld999
Reply to  Eevie
June 2, 2021 2:04 am

theyre not the only one

totallynormalmovies
totallynormalmovies
Reply to  MxSelfDestruct
May 1, 2022 3:37 pm

theyre not the only one, im watching this movie with my boyfriend rn and we definitely want these guys to bone

SL1THROATZ
SL1THROATZ
Reply to  Seafall (Cf411)
April 18, 2021 2:30 pm

stfu fujoshi

u r fan
u r fan
Reply to  Seafall (Cf411)
June 23, 2021 10:51 am

BL ssstoooop!!!!!!!!!!!1

comets
comets
Reply to  Seafall (Cf411)
August 1, 2022 8:22 pm

I’m no fujoshi but agreed they should bone

Gorehound Fudanshi
Gorehound Fudanshi
Reply to  Seafall (Cf411)
June 1, 2023 11:58 pm

Nah i get you this dynamic scratches a very specific maybe illegal itch

Wolveriner
Wolveriner
September 28, 2020 1:20 am

I’ll have to watch this again. (Hey– it wasn’t here before I asked for it! Not that I think I’m the only one.) It goes beyond the extreme violent, and even beyond a parody on the extreme violent. I think what is interesting here is the manner by which the sick behaviour of (some of) the characters seems just so natural for them, that the viewer is bound to believe this is an actual psycho disturbed world portrayed here. It isn’t funny, it’s crazy and sick in a convincing way, and that is no easy matter.

hhhj
hhhj
Reply to  Wolveriner
January 30, 2021 10:46 pm

kakihara can do this to me

Jakob#0001
Jakob#0001
August 30, 2020 10:57 pm

Enjoyed every minute.

Loved the scene where he bites his hand lol.

princessdestruction#8028
princessdestruction#8028
August 23, 2020 1:39 am

nice movie, i like the balance of torture and crime 🙂

Ashmarie
Ashmarie
June 5, 2020 5:16 am

Kakihara is one of my favorite Japanese character ever! Ah!

Seafall (Cf411)
Seafall (Cf411)
Reply to  Ashmarie
October 9, 2020 12:59 pm

Sameeeeee. ??

ImmaHo
ImmaHo
Reply to  Ashmarie
November 20, 2020 7:34 pm

saaammeeee LOL

Akira
Akira
February 22, 2020 1:57 pm

The videos are out of synch by a few seconds.

markus
markus
February 15, 2020 3:42 am

haha fuck yes ive been waiting so long for this

alice
alice
Reply to  markus
September 30, 2020 8:58 pm

this is honestly one of my favorite movies of all time. i’ve never seen anything like it before! ultra violent but still manages to be humorous at times