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A.k.a.
Ichi the Killer
Year
2001
Runtime
129 min.
Director
Takashi Miike
Genres
Action, Crime, Comedy
Rating *
7.1
Votes *
36,970
Checks
3,298
Favs
241
Dislikes
58
Favs/checks
7.3% (1:14)
Favs/dislikes
4:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    If you haven't seen Takashi Miike's most famous film, think long and hard if it's for you before you give it a go. As far as violence, sex and misogyny go, it's pretty sickening. How it gets away with it at all is part of its attracting, and I think due to Miike keeping a balance between the real and the cartoonish. It is based on a manga, after all, and reads like an extreme yakuza-superhero hybrid where the villain is a sado-masochistic version of the Joker and the hero a naive and pathetic mix between Kickass and Wolverine. It's the most perverse love story, in a sense, as the villain is drawn to Ichi because he needs an opposite and equal. Along the way, plenty of harrowing torture porn and gore, but Miike can't just give it to you straight and keeps you interested in the film through ambiguity. It's a motive force here. Who is manipulating these characters? What motivates them? What does this effect or this editing choice say about the scene? How should we interpret the ending? So yes, you'll see repugnant things you didn't think you'd ever see in a movie, but it may also be a satisfying and thought-provoking aesthetic experience. Which I'm always game for. 3 years 2 months ago
  2. HyliaFischer's avatar

    HyliaFischer

    Even though the violence is very over the top, it's a movie that really needs to be taken seriously, because it tells about manipulation of other people, which is and will always be a serious problem in our society. 7 years 1 month ago
  3. arrbrr's avatar

    arrbrr

    I found this movie very funny! 3 years 8 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #146 in The New Cult Canon
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  2. This movie ranks #184 in Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
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  3. This movie ranks #450 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
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