IMDb > Ichi the Killer (2001)
Koroshiya 1
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Ichi the Killer (2001) More at IMDbPro »Koroshiya 1 (original title)

Photos (See all 11 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
7.1/10   36,610 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 4% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Hideo Yamamoto (comic)
Sakichi Satô (screenplay)
Contact:
View company contact information for Ichi the Killer on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
25 July 2002 (Netherlands) See more »
Tagline:
Ai wa, kanari itai. (Love really hurts.) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
7 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A symphony of violence See more (267 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Tadanobu Asano ... Kakihara
Nao Ômori ... Ichi

Shin'ya Tsukamoto ... Jijii
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
SABU ... Kaneko (as Hiroyuki Tanaka)
Moro Morooka ... Coffee Shop Manager
Hôka Kinoshita ... Sailor's Lover
Hiroshi Kobayashi ... Takeshi
Mai Goto ... Sailor
Rio Aoki ... Miyuki
Yoshiyuki Morishita ... Pub Patron
Setchin Kawaya ... Pub Proprietor
Yuki Kazamatsuri ... Yakuza Girl
Sakichi Satô ... Man Kicking Ichi
Kaori Sugawara
Hideo Sako
Mako Takeda
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masataka Haji
Create a character page for: ?

Directed by
Takashi Miike 
 
Writing credits
Hideo Yamamoto (comic)

Sakichi Satô (screenplay)

Produced by
Yuchul Cho .... co-producer
Akiko Funatsu .... producer
Toshiki Kimura .... associate producer: Excellent Film
Sumiji Miyake .... executive producer
Dai Miyazaki .... producer
Elliot Tong .... co-producer
Albert Yeung .... executive producer: EMG
Toyoyuki Yokohama .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Karera Musication 
Seiichi Yamamoto 
 
Cinematography by
Hideo Yamamoto 
 
Film Editing by
Yasushi Shimamura 
 
Casting by
Mitsuyo Ishigaki 
 
Production Design by
Takashi Sasaki 
 
Costume Design by
Michiko Kitamura 
 
Makeup Department
Yûichi Matsui .... special makeup effects artist (as Yuichi Matsu)
 
Production Management
Christian Alexander Moran .... post-production manager (english version)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kimiyoshi Adachi .... first assistant director
Masato Tanno .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Christian Alexander Moran .... sound editor (restored version)
Yoshiya Obara .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Misako Saka .... visual effects supervisor
 
Music Department
Holeg Spies .... title music re-mixer
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Koroshiya 1" - Japan (original title)
See more »
MPAA:
Rated R for strong perverse violence/gore and sexuality, language and drug content (cut)
Runtime:
129 min | USA:117 min (heavily cut) | Germany:110 min (heavily cut) | UK:120 min
Country:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:R | Brazil:18 | Canada:R (Manitoba) | Canada:18+ (Québec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-18 (self applied) | France:-12 | France:-16 (DVD rating) | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:18 (heavily cut) | Germany:(Banned) (uncut) | Hong Kong:III (cut) | Ireland:18 (heavily cut) | Italy:VM18 | Japan:R-18 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Mexico:B | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:(Banned) (re-rating) (2008) | Portugal:M/18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Sweden:18 (DVD rating) | UK:18 (cut) | USA:Unrated | USA:R (cut) | USA:NC-17 (uncut)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The mutilation on the sides of Kakihara's mouth is known as a Glasgow smile or a Chelsea smile, because organised crime in those British cities often put this wound on their enemies. The color movie cover is a mirror image of this face (cross is over his right eye), but on the black and white cover it is seen over his left as in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:Listen, when you're giving pain to someone, don't think about the pain that person is feeling. Just concentrate on how good it feels to be causing someone pain. That's the best thing you can do for a true masochist!See more »
Movie Connections:

FAQ

What are the differences between the British BBFC 18 Version and the Uncensored Version?
What are the differences between the R-Rated and Unrated Version? What about the HongKong Version?
See more »
18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A symphony of violence, 2 January 2007
Author: K_Todorov from Bulgaria

In 2001 Japanesse cult director Takashi Miike created one of the most unique and controversial movies ever to grace the screen. An adaptation of a manga with the same name, "Ichi The Killer" is a wild and crazy ride into the depths of human madness. As the movie creates its own parallel to our world where sexual violence and torture are common ways to express a character's emotional condition or thoughts.

Plotwise "Ichi The Killer" deals with an yakuza Kakihara (played by the diverse Tadanobu Asano) who along with his underlings starts a search for his missing boss. At the same time he finds himself chased by a mysterious assassin known only as Ichi. Kakihara's methods of extracting information become a similar sight throughout the film, with him torturing anyone that could know something about his boss.

The movie is presented as a dark comedy that feels more like a parody of humanity's most dark and hidden desires. With every character representing a sick and twisted version of a certain established type of behavior found in modern society. From the abused, passive and sexually inactive male being transformed into a crying psychopatic murderer whose's only excitement comes from seeing (or causing) massive displays of violence and rape (Ichi). To the violent gangster stereotype further villainized with the character of Kakihara whose never ending need to inflict pain to others or to himself has left him void to any other forms of arouse or emotion. Miike goes so far that he criticizes women in Japan for their often seen submissive behavior by introducing a more independent persona with the character of Karen, a notably western influenced person, her need to cause pain nearly borders Kakihara's.

The violence itself is presented in such an obscenely over-exaggerated way that one can not help but laugh at some of the situations created by it. Make no mistake this movie is definitely no kiddie ride, and people who can't stand horror or alternative films have no place in watching this. Miike has gone so far in this that even the title introduction in the begging is going to shock you. He also succeeds in creating a very dreamlike feel to the movie. More nightmarish than dreamlike actually. The finale itself is shockingly absurd with the two main characters "battling" it out from a third person's perspective.

A special note should be made concerning the movie's soundtrack. Whose unique use of completely different and diverse from each other sounds and styles fits with the film's own meddling in cinematic genres.

There is really no second like "Ichi The Killer" Takashi Miike created an original work that could disgust many but could also amaze any of those people who are searching for something more untraditional.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (267 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Ichi the Killer (2001)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
the half-naked guy being chased through the streets zinthos00
Kakihara's mouth Chacopa
The Ending Seems Clear to Me metalliham
Did anyone else hate Kakihara? Zeego
To all those tough unappalled guys , we know who you are :) lastostadas
Netflix cainkong19
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
A Serbian Film The Professional: Golgo 13 The New York Ripper Deadly Outlaw: Rekka Sin City
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Action section IMDb Japan section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.