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Koroshiya 1 (2001)

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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.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writers:

Sakichi Satô (screenplay), Hideo Yamamoto (manga)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tadanobu Asano ... Kakihara
Nao Ohmori ... Ichi (as Nao Ômori)
Shin'ya Tsukamoto ... Jijii
Paulyn Sun Paulyn Sun ... Karen (as Alien Sun)
Susumu Terajima Susumu Terajima ... Suzuki (as Sabu)
Shun Sugata Shun Sugata ... Takayama
Tôru Tezuka Tôru Tezuka ... Fujiwara
Yoshiki Arizono Yoshiki Arizono ... Nakazawa
Kiyohiko Shibukawa Kiyohiko Shibukawa ... Ryu Long (as Kee)
Satoshi Niizuma Satoshi Niizuma ... Inoue
Suzuki Matsuo Suzuki Matsuo ... Jirô / Saburô
Jun Kunimura ... Funaki
SABU SABU ... Kaneko (as Hiroyuki Tanaka)
Morooka Moro ... Coffee Shop Manager
Hôka Kinoshita Hôka Kinoshita ... Sailor's Lover
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Storyline

When a Yakuza boss named Anjo disappears with 300 million yen, his chief henchman, a sadomasochistic man named Kakihara, and the rest of his mob goons go looking for him. After capturing and torturing a rival Yakuza member looking for answers, they soon realize they have the wrong man and begin looking for the man named Jijii who tipped them off in the first place. Soon enough Kakihara and his men encounter Ichi, a psychotic, sexually-repressed young man with amazing martial arts abilities and blades that come out of his shoes. One by one Ichi takes out members of the Yakuza and all the while Kakihara intensifies his pursuit of Ichi and Ichi's controller Jijii. What will happen as the final showdown happens between the tortured and ultra-violent Ichi and the pain-craving Kakihara? Written by Joseph

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Taglines:

hisashiburini zetsubou shitéyo. majide. (It's been a while since I wanted to despair. Really.) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong perverse violence/gore and sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan | Hong Kong

Language:

Japanese | Cantonese | English

Release Date:

25 July 2002 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Ichi the Killer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,285, 1 April 2018
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut) | (heavily cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film is a live-action theatrical adaptation to Hideo Yamamoto's seinen manga Koroshiya 1 (1998-2001). In 2002, the film would later have an installation of an OVA that is based on the mangas titled Ichi the Killer: Episode Zero and it is directed by Ishihira Shinji. In 2003, a live-action direct-to-video prequel that is based on the previous manga Ichi (1993) is also released under the title 1-Ichi and it is directed by Masato Tanno. See more »

Goofs

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: Wow... this is great!
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Crazy Credits

End credits scroll up, down, left, right, forwards and backwards. See more »

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References Event Horizon (1997) See more »

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Ichi The Killer Rocks...
30 June 2004 | by eskimo303See all my reviews

Ichi The Killer's storyline is absolutely brilliant and Takeshi Miike has turned the Anime comic into a masterpiece, combining "love", comedy and horror. You have to look passed the violence (which is quite humorous at times, ie; the prostitute trying to smile with a bruised face). If you watch this movie with an open mind, you will notice there is not one single dull moment and this is not an exaggeration. The ending is very mind boggling and leaves you to come up with your own conclusion, the soundtrack is awesome and the cinematography is very original; the camera angles displayed in the scene just after the Anjo group is kicked out of the syndicate amaze me, displaying a shot over Kakihara's right hand mans shoulder leaves me astounded, literally. Please, if you come across this movie, i beg you to see it; you certainly will not regret it.

Ichi The Killer rocks. 10/10


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