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1-Ichi (2003)

Video  -  Drama | Mystery | Thriller  -  24 January 2003 (Japan)
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How Ichi becomes the Killer. The movie is a pre-quel to Takashi Miike's Koroshiya 1 (Ichi - The Killer).

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Nao Ômori ...
Ichi / Satoichi
Teah ...
Dai
Chihara Junia ...
Onizame (as Kôji Chihara)
Chisato Amate ...
Satomi
Yuki Oikawa ...
Nao
Eiki Kitamura ...
Hiromi
Kazuhiro Mashiko ...
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We follow Ichi during his high school years. Mr. Dai is the best fighter in school... whenever he fights Ichi is there and has a huge smile on his face. Mr. Dai thinks that Ichi is laughing at him but in fact he enjoys watching the violence that goes through the fights. Everyone is bullying, taunting and making fun of Ichi... even little kids from his karate class. Yet Ichi refuses to let go of his anger and fight others. Just when Mr. Dai is about to get Ichi, a new transfer student starts to make his own laws... by beating up everyone and breaking their bones! In a fight with the new student, Mr. Dai ends up on the ground, beaten and broken up from almost everywhere. It seems like this new guy wants to fight Ichi because supposedly he is the only one that could give him some challenge. Written by ARCVILE

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If This Pile Of Sewage Was Made In 1949, It Would Be Cited As An Example Of the Birth of Hong Kong Cinema
3 November 2009 | by (Aulendorf) – See all my reviews

I will admit that the description on this one may be a little misleading. It is not nearly as much of a supernatural film as it is a pretty realistic look at a couple of hardcore tweakers. If you want a ghost story look elsewhere but if you just want to watch a disturbing movie than 1-Ichi is what your looking for. For those of you claiming bad acting, no offense, but you don't know what your talking about. I'm guessing you've never seen someone on a 2 week binge. I have, it's not pretty. I've seen someone pull a gun out from under the couch and start screaming that someone was after him. I thought that these actors nailed it. Sad to say, I've seen people act like that. That was almost twenty years ago and just watching this movie put knots in my stomach. This is a b-movie and it is pretty much a window into watching teens spiral downward as far and as fast as they can go. For me it held a good amount of intensity all the way through. I thought the camera work was good and the different techniques often added to the intensity of the situation when required. As far as all the jaw grinding going on, that what tweakers do. There actually IS somewhat of a parnormal aspect to this movie but it pretty much left up to you to decide if it really is paranormal or just these freaks losing their minds. In the end it doesn't really matter though. Just don't go into this one looking for ghost themed movie because the focus is definitely on the violence and the social commentary. I thought this was fantastic for a b-movie.


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