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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... See more »

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Kakihara
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Ichi (as Nao Ômori)
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Jijii
Paulyn Sun ...
Karen (as Alien Sun)
Susumu Terajima ...
Suzuki (as Sabu)
Shun Sugata ...
Takayama
Tôru Tezuka ...
Fujiwara
Yoshiki Arizono ...
Nakazawa
Kiyohiko Shibukawa ...
Ryu Long (as Kee)
Satoshi Niizuma ...
Inoue
Suzuki Matsuo ...
Jirô / Saburô
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Funaki
SABU ...
Kaneko (as Hiroyuki Tanaka)
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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
Manzô Shinra

Directed by

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Takashi Miike

Written by

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Sakichi Satô ... (screenplay)
 
Hideo Yamamoto ... (manga)

Produced by

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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

Music by

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Karera Musication
Seiichi Yamamoto

Cinematography by

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Hideo Yamamoto

Film Editing by

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Yasushi Shimamura

Casting By

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Mitsuyo Ishigaki

Production Design by

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Takashi Sasaki

Costume Design by

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Michiko Kitamura

Makeup Department

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Yûichi Matsui ... special makeup effects artist (as Yuichi Matsu)

Production Management

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Christian Alexander Morán ... post-production manager (as Christian Alexander Moran)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Kimiyoshi Adachi ... first assistant director
Masato Tanno ... second assistant director

Sound Department

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Marco Augusto Comba ... a.d.r. mixer
Mizuki Ito ... foley artist / sound effects editor
Christian Alexander Morán ... sound editor (as Christian Alexander Moran)
Yoshiya Obara ... sound

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Misako Saka ... visual effects supervisor

Music Department

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Holeg Spies ... composer: title music re-mixer

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 Ai wa, kanari itai. (Love really hurts.) See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Koroshiya ichi (Japan)
  • Ichi the Killer (World-wide, English title)
  • Ichi the Killer (France)
  • Ichi the Killer (Germany)
  • Ichi the killer (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 129 min
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Budget $1,400,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia 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. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Cult of Ichi (2007). See more »
Crazy Credits End credits scroll up, down, left, right, forwards and backwards. See more »
Quotes Kakihara: Damn... Nobody left to kill me.
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