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Director:
Writers:
Hideo Yamamoto (comic)
Sakichi Satô (screenplay)
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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 »
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Awards:
7 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Miike Masterpiece See more (263 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
Hiroyuki Tanaka ... Kaneko
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
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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
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Koroshiya 1" - Japan (original title)
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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
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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)

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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:Wow... this is great!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Zombie Girl: The Movie (2009)See more »

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?
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59 out of 90 people found the following review useful.
A Miike Masterpiece, 20 July 2006
Author: et_exorsismorum from Juarez, Mexico

Ichi the Killer is a landmark picture in Japanese Cinema. It is an audio and visual attack on the senses (and gag reflex) which adopts a unique style of movie/comic book- hybrid film making. A real Miike masterpiece!

Kakihara is not your typical Yakuza gangster. He is sadistic, masochistic, depraved, has a hair trigger for violence, and is really really upset that someone has kidnapped his boss, Anjo and taken off with 100 million yen. So, torturing his way through the underworld, he manages to get kicked out of the Yakuza and finds out, too late, that it was a man called Ichi that killed his boss and is now after him. Kakihara then sets out for revenge and vindication in the name of Anjo.

Ichi, on the other hand, seems to be a more simple kind of guy who works for an ex-cop who loves to wreak havoc on the Yakuza. Ichi's work is thought to be that of a brutally insane and blood thirsty maniac. But, upon meeting him, one can't help but notice his peculiar innocence and naiveté. However, it is this very feature that makes him so deadly.

When these two forces collide, it's endless violence, torture, rape, murder, blood, gore, and underworld danger and depravity. Ichi the Killer is a movie that directors like Quentin Tarantino only dream of making. If films were people, his Kill Bills would only watch and drool at Ichi the Killer!

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