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Director:
Writer:
Shigenori Takechi (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 August 2004 (Japan) See more »
Plot:
An executed samurai takes an existential journey throughout time, space and eternity in search of bloody vengeance. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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(17 articles)
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God, Family, Sex, Murder, Friend, Foe, War, Nation, Government, Law, Ethics See more (62 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kazuya Nakayama ... Okada Izo

Kaori Momoi
Ryûhei Matsuda (as Ryuuhei Matsuda)
Ryôsuke Miki
Yûya Uchida
Masumi Okada
Hiroki Matsukata
Hiroshi Katsuno
Masato

Bob Sapp

Takeshi Kitano (as 'Bîto' Takeshi)
Daijirô Harada
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Taisaku Akino
Chisato Amate
Takeshi Caesar

Joe Cappelletti ... Hanpeita (voice: English version)
Mickey Curtis (as Mikkî Kâchisu)
Ken'ichi Endô (as Ken'ichi Endou)

Michael Forest ... Samurai (voice: English version) (as Alfred Thor)

Jessica Gee ... Izo's Mother (voice: English version) (as Jessica Gee-George)
Ryûji Harada

Yoshio Harada
Kate Higgins ... Teacher (voice: English version) (as Kate Davis)

Megan Hollingshead ... Saya (voice: English version) (as Karen Thompson)
Renji Ishibashi
Tsurutarô Kataoka
Kirin Kiki
Shigeo Kobayashi
Miyuki Komagata
Steve Kramer ... Man with Voice Box (voice: English version)
Dave Mallow ... Doctor (voice: English version)
Kazuhiro Mashiko

Michael McConnohie ... Yakuza Leader (voice: English version)
Yasukaze Motomiya
Hiroyuki Nagato
Mari Nakayama

Liam O'Brien ... Prince (voice: English version)
Ken Ogata
Mitsuhiro Oikawa

Sam Riegel ... Izo (voice: English version)
Tokitoshi Shiota
Christopher Corey Smith ... Businessman (voice: English version) (as Chris Kent)
Harumi Sone
Melodee Spevack ... Original Mother (voice: English version) (as Melodee M. Spevack)
Doug Stone ... VIP (voice: English version)

Kim Strauss ... High Official (voice: English version)
Shun Sugata
Haruna Takase
Teah
Susumu Terajima
Kirk Thornton ... Prime Minister (voice: English version)
Kazuki Tomokawa
Tarô Yamamoto
Joe Yamanaka
Rikiya Yasuoka
Hideji Ôtaki

Directed by
Takashi Miike 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shigenori Takechi  screenplay

Produced by
Taizô Fukumaki .... producer: KSS/Kei Esu Esu
Fujio Matsushima .... producer: Excellent Film/Ekuserento Firumu
Kazuyoshi Okuyama .... supervising producer
 
Original Music by
Kôji Endô 
 
Cinematography by
Nobuyuki Fukazawa 
 
Film Editing by
Yasushi Shimamura 
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Takashi Sugimoto .... gaffer
 

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Japan:128 min | Argentina:128 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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Referenced in Half Past Midnight (2015)See more »

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32 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
God, Family, Sex, Murder, Friend, Foe, War, Nation, Government, Law, Ethics, 24 June 2005
Author: genghis_khan from Izmir, Turkey

I was expecting a samurai film, I couldn't have been wronger. It is hard to explain "Izo" with just words, even if I could I don't think it would cover all the things this film has to say.

Before explaining the story of this film I think it is essential to talk about the visual aspect of it. "Izo" looks like another experimental film from the director Takashi Miike, lots of unorthodox camera shots and visual story telling. Acting feels very theatrical... in a Japanese way. There is no stopping in this film, it is a fast ride from start to the end and you have to catch up with it.

As for the story, Izo is the main character in this, a samurai from feudal Japan who apparently had a lot of drama in his life. After his death his tortured soul wanders around modern and old Japan, endlessly taking lives. He denies the existence of God, faces old foes, those who hold grudge against him, sleeps with his mom and kills her, he sees women he had been with, kills them, kills lots of women, kills lots of everything actually. And the whole Japan -modern and old- wants to stop this guy, he is seen as a menace to the system, he doesn't belong to the system. And he travels back and forth in time, fighting and killing everyone that gets in his way, slowly turning into a demon.

There is a lot of defiance in "Izo", against everything human civilization stands for. Its purpose apparently is to question that which made us what we are. Where does religion, law, ethics come from? And it has a very nihilist answer to all of it. While watching this I felt a lot of mythology in it, feels like a Greek or a Persian tragedy.

What I've written might sound non-sense if you haven't yet seen this and have no idea what it is like but this is as much as I can do to explain this film. I think that's what makes good art: It speaks for itself...

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