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Ichi the Killer (2001)
"Koroshiya 1" (original title)

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As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nao Ômori ...
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Paulyn Sun ...
Karen (as Alien Sun)
Susumu Terajima ...
Suzuki (as Sabu)
Shun Sugata ...
Takayama
Toru Tezuka ...
Fujiwara
Yoshiki Arizono ...
Nakazawa
Kiyohiko Shibukawa ...
Ryu Long (as Kee)
Satoshi Niizuma ...
Inoue
Suzuki Matsuo ...
Jirô / Saburô
Jun Kunimura ...
Funaki
Hiroyuki Tanaka ...
Kaneko
Moro Morooka ...
Coffee Shop Manager
Hôka Kinoshita ...
Sailor's Lover
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Storyline

When a Yakuza boss named Anjo disappears with 300 million yen, his chief henchman, a sadomasochistic man named Kakihara, and the rest of his mob goons go looking for him. After capturing and torturing a rival Yakuza member looking for answers, they soon realize they have the wrong man and begin looking for the man named Jijii who tipped them off in the first place. Soon enough Kakihara and his men encounter Ichi, a psychotic, sexually-repressed young man with amazing martial arts abilities and blades that come out of his shoes. One by one Ichi takes out members of the Yakuza and all the while Kakihara intensifies his pursuit of Ichi and Ichi's controller Jijii. What will happen as the final showdown happens between the tortured and ultra-violent Ichi and the pain-craving Kakihara? Written by Joseph

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yakuza | psychotic | gang | pain | mob | See more »

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Ai wa, kanari itai. (Love really hurts.) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong perverse violence/gore and sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 July 2002 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Koroshiya 1  »

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Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Director Takashi Miike reveals on the US TokyoShock DVD release that the semen used in the close-up during the intro sequence, when the film's title raises out of a puddle of semen, is real. See more »

Goofs

When Kakihara is attacked in the streets, protective padding is visible under his clothing. Look for it when he bends over backwards without falling over, before he removes his piercings. See more »

Quotes

[Kakihara gets punched]
Kakihara: Put some feeling into it, already! If you're going to give someone pain, you've got to get into it!
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Crazy Credits

End credits scroll up, down, left, right, forwards and backwards. See more »

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Freakin' wow
6 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK I love everything horror from the bad 'b' movie to the high budget Blade type flicks...this was so much fun! It had gore that was used just enough to flip you out but not enough to GROSS you out. Loved the dual lead characters as well. BUT I would NOT watch it in dubbed American, be real and select the DVD and read the subtitles like a REAL movie fan, if not you miss a LOT. If you're in the mood for something that can take you for a ride and not leave you behind twisting your head saying "What did we just watch?", this is it.A lot of Japanese flicks leave too much dead time in between action/movement this one was timed just right.


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