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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:
Over the top violence/ bizarrely fun/ Manga for the screen See more (271 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 »
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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
When Kakihara's cell phone rings, the ringtone is the movie's theme song.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:
Ichi:From now on, I'll beat you up.
Sailor:You will?
Ichi:Yes.
[Kaneko smiles]
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Movie Connections:
References Dead or Alive (1999)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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53 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Over the top violence/ bizarrely fun/ Manga for the screen, 17 July 2002
Author: ScriptDr from Los Angeles

Be warned - as early as the film's titles - letters rising from fallen sperm - (The costumed killer ejaculated voyeuristically watching violence done by one of the other team of gangster killers). You should either run screaming from the theater or stay for an over-the-top exercise in so much violence it becomes white noise and almost disappears. Seen at the Cinematheque, here in Los Angeles, with an adult crowd - this unrated but surely X-cubed film was a delight to those who stayed A few patrons fled in the middle of the screening but most got the point. Bad guys pursuing bad guys - with genre formula being trashed at every point - the humor built and built. Any good characters (children included) were decimated or tortured. None were spared. Yet the film is a romp - from the complaining co-workers who grumble about having to clean up blood-drenched murder scenes (they found intestines everywhere) to the sado-masochistic special effects. The film has left turns into fantasy - then back again - it has intentional bad-acting scenes (from previously capable actors)- the camera work has a will of it sown - exposition that makes no sense.

This film posits the questions: If you are going to be a bad-boy film director and take screen violence as far as it can go - no farther than that - NO REALLY FARTHER THAN THAT - to the point of blood almost every minute - what would the result be? Apparently the director feels that on the far side of excess violence and blood letting in glorious technicolor and grotesque special effects, the cinema would revert to a twisted sense of innocence (beyond all that killing there is a comic sense of the universe).

A film that should be seen - but you should be prepared for it. Not a classic - but a definite statement - more a cinema-artist's statement than a traditional film. Museums will find a place for it - families will abhor it.

I got into it to my amazement. It stretched my mind about what should be so.

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