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Koroshiya 1 (2001) Poster

(2001)

Trivia

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Director Takashi Miike reveals on the US TokyoShock DVD release that Ichi's semen used in the close-up during the intro sequence, when the film's title raises out of a puddle of semen, is real.
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.
As a publicity gimmick, barf bags were handed out at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to those attending the midnight screening of this film.
Ichi means "one", which is why Shiroishi Hajime (A.K.A. Ichi) wears a yellow number 1 on his outfit.
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.
Director Takashi Miike originally intended to have the author of the original manga (comic), Hideo Yamamoto, to write a script entirely in manga form, but the idea fell through when Yamamoto felt he could not complete it due to writer's block.
When Kakihara's cell phone rings, the ringtone is the movie's theme song.
This film is a live-action adaption of the seinen manga titled Koroshiya 1 [1998].
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In this movie, Kakihara Masao's hair is gold. Originally in the manga, his hair is onyx.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Although nearly every member of the Yakuza owns a gun, only two shots are fired in the entire film, and no one is killed by them.

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