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

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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:
Bloody as hell, Gory and swell.. In short... a masterpiece See more (273 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

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 »
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)

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Trivia:
For the sequence in which his character is suspended from hooks and tortured, actor Susumu Terajima required twelve hours of makeup and other preparation, and then spent twelve more hours shooting the scene.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 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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Movie Connections:
References Bloodsucking Freaks (1976)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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58 out of 79 people found the following review useful.
Bloody as hell, Gory and swell.. In short... a masterpiece, 14 September 2004
Author: taomonster from Copenhagen, Denmark

This has to be one of my greatest experiences in the Asian cinema. I have been watching Asian movies since the eighties where I saw my first martial arts movies and I have been an Asian fan ever since.

They have a unique way of making movies and a boldness you don't see in western cinema. I have a few friends that share my sick fascination in the gory and shocking side of Asian movie making and Ichi the killer is the best in it's genre. I have seen a lot of Miike's movies which I won't mention here but Ichi is by far my favorite Miike movie.

Takashi Miike spits out movies faster than speeding bullets and some of his works are not even worth watching. But once in a while he hits the spot and delivers a masterpiece and Ichi is by all means a masterpiece. A lot of people only see the blood, torture, gore and humiliation of the human body in Miike's movies but mostly he has a hidden or at least partly foggy agenda.

Ichi is basically a film about a loyal yakusa henchman trying to find meaning in his life after his boss has been murdered and a murderer trying to find himself in a labyrinth of deception and lost memories. It is well played and very well made.Tadanobu Asano excels as Kakihara and Nao Omori is extremely good as the violent insane killer Ichi. The special effects has a realistic feel about them and you can almost feel the pain inflicted in this movie and there is plenty of pain to go around.

Ichi is not a film for people with weak nerves or a dislike for blood. Miike likes to shock his audience and is a master in this field. He delivers the meat for the gore hounds and has a weird sense of humor....

I give this little blood feast a 8.0

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