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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).

Director:

Masato Tanno

Writers:

Sakichi Sato, Hideo Yamamoto (manga)
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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
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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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Follows Ichi the Killer: Episode 0 (2002) See more »

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Ichi's first strike - WHAT A BLAST!!!
20 October 2003 | by thola01See all my reviews

Wow, if you're a fan of Miike's work and liked the "original" Ichi, you will probably love this prequel! It's almost hard to believe that it wasn't Miike himself on the director's chair. But as the assistant director in the production of Miike's masterpiece, Masato Tanno for sure knew what he was doing as the director in this prequel. He shows Shiroichi during his time at Highschool, where two other boys lay claim to the status of the best fighter of all Highschools in town. So, almost the whole film is about fighting. And these guys really know how to punch! Tanno's film isn't as strange and dark as its "forerunner", but it doesn't have to hide behind it. You can call it in a row with such great masterpieces as "Ichi" or "Story of Ricky". It's different but brutal and violent as hell. Acting was good, so was the camera work. But director Masato Tanno definitely did the best job of them all. If you have the possibility, you should rent it. If you're a fan of Miike's films, buy it - you won't regret! It'll blow you away!!!


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

24 January 2003 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ichi 1: Origin See more »

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Japan

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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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