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Siskoid's avatar


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.
8 years 11 months ago
arrbrr's avatar


I found this movie very funny!
9 years 4 months ago
LMTR14's avatar


they RAPED the manga for this one. kill the director. kill him.
10 years 7 months ago
Musanna's avatar


And I'm the first to say, I absolutely loved it.
11 years 1 month ago
Torgo's avatar


And suddenly, it became cult :D
12 years ago
Deadflyy's avatar


The manga is far better.
12 years ago
Torgo's avatar


No cult list? This is one of Japan's most-talked about movies of the last decade. Weird.
12 years 2 months ago
Jonathan_Hutchings's avatar



Because it's a really good film.
12 years 5 months ago
HyliaFischer's avatar


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.
12 years 9 months ago
Jsn's avatar


I really disliked this movie!! I don't get, how it can take so high rating from imdb?
12 years 9 months ago
sjinadasa's avatar


This is one fucked up film. Like RTB said, you shouldn't take it too seriously. Brace yourself and try to 'enjoy' the ride...
12 years 11 months ago
RTB's avatar


Yeah I'd call it fucked up, but I would not say it sucks. Just watch it with the right frame of mind, don't take it too seriously..
13 years 1 month ago
vt.md's avatar


Man, this movie is just...I don't know... fucked up? yeah, maybe that's the right word. This movie is the most violence, the most gory, the sickest I've seen to date. There's simply no fucking point in watching this film. Although, I gotta give props to Takashi for his boldness. I mean I think this guy doesn't fucking care about the audiences. He makes the movie to satisfy his imagination; he doesn't give a shit about what others think about his work. But, of course, as he has the right to direct whatever he likes, i have the right to opine. And my opinion is this movie sucks monkey's balls. Thanks and don't watch it.
13 years 2 months ago
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