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1-Ichi (2003)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | Video 24 January 2003
How Ichi becomes the Killer. The movie is a pre-quel to Takashi Miike's Koroshiya 1 (Ichi - The Killer).


Masato Tanno


Sakichi Sato, Hideo Yamamoto (manga)




Cast overview:
Nao Ohmori ... Ichi / Shiroishi (as Nao Ômori)
Teah Teah ... Dai
Chihara Junia Chihara Junia ... Onizame (as Kôji Chihara)
Chisato Amate Chisato Amate ... Satomi
Yuki Oikawa Yuki Oikawa ... Nao
Eiki Kitamura Eiki Kitamura ... Hiromi
Kazuhiro Mashiko Kazuhiro Mashiko ... Hide


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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Ichi Is The #1 Killer
30 June 2007 | by TheDraytonSawyerSee all my reviews

Ichi-1 is the prequel to Ichi The Killer. It's not the best movie in the world, but it's a lot better than I thought it would be. It's about Ichi in high school. He gets bullied and that's when he starts to go nuts. It's got some great fight scenes too. It's also of course got a few nasty scenes. The baseball scene was pretty disturbing. The main problem I had with this movie though was the fact that there were no teachers at the school. I can't believe not one teacher stopped any fights at school all those kids had. I didn't see one teacher at all at the school period. I guess all the kids scared them off or something. Ichi-1 is a low budget movie, but much better than most low budget movie I've seen. It's also got a bit of comedy in the movie too. The movie is all in Japanese though, so unless you can speak Japanese you'll have to read the English subtitles. It's worth checking out if you liked Ichi The Killer, but it might disappoint some people. I recommend renting it first.

I give Ichi-1 a 7/10

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24 January 2003 (Japan) See more »

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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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