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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 Satô, Hideo Yamamoto (manga)
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Not Rated
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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

24 January 2003 (Japan) See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Follows Koroshiya 1 (2001) See more »

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Should anyone care about Ichi enough to watch this movie?
2 September 2005 | by kuuzoSee all my reviews

'Ichi-1' was a no budget movie with no plot or point until the very end, and even that is simply to tie it vaguely to "Ichi the Killer". It would have served more of a purpose as source footage for some flashbacks to Ichi's past in "Ichi the Killer", rather than a full length movie. In other words, if you liked "Ichi The Killer", you really don't need to watch this movie. There are a few slightly humorous parts though - the movie seems to waver between twisted comedy and just plain twisted. It did have the actor who played "ichi" in "Ichi the Killer", and TEAH from City of Lost Souls, which helps counteract the otherwise amateurish feel of the movie - a few good actors helped float the movie even among the rest of the bad actors and the lack of purpose to this movie. I'd say watch it if you have nothing better to do and can get it real cheap, or if you just have a need to watch every Japanese movie at least once, no matter how bad (like me).


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