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Welcome to a world where violence is a virtue and depravity is a way of life. This is the underside of Shinjuku, and the home of Kakihara, a sadistic yakuza killer. He relentlessly tears apart the underworld searching for the man who killed his boss. The prequel, Origin, follows Ichi through his traumatic family life and high school years that him to becomes the killer he is today! Contains both Ichi the Killer and Ichi 1: Origin.
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Tadanobu Sat, born November 27, 1973), better known by his stage name Tadanobu Asano is a Japanese actor and musician best known for his roles as Dragon Eye Morrison in Electric Dragon 80.000 V, Kakihara in Ichi the Killer, Mamoru Arita in Bright Future, Hattori Genosuke in Zatoichi, Kenji in Last Life in the Universe, A man in Survive Style 5+, Ayano in The Taste of Tea, Temujin in Mongol, Captain Yugi Nagata in Battleship, Lord Kira Yoshinaka in the 47 Ronin and Hogun in Thor, based on the Marvel Comics character.See all Editorial Reviews
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I have just received it from Shawn's Movies and tested it. The three discs are great, the runtime is 130 mins despite the description saying it is 127 mins. There is also An English Dubbed Option in the audio on the menu in either 2.0 or 5.1. The MENU is in English.
The DVD case and the cover are excellent. Each disc has a separate holder. There's the the features disk and the '8 flavour of dreams disc' and the disc with the movie.
See mu attached photos. This is the version you are looking for. All the others are either cut or they don't have the English Dubbed option.
I'm a huge Miike Takashi fan ever since I saw "Audition" in the theater and I have seen a lot of his other films including the "Dead or Alive" trilogy, "Fudoh", "Gozu", "Visitor Q", but "Ichi the Killer" is my favorite. The violence in "Ichi" might be too over-the-top for most to handle, but it is so over-the-top that it is comedic to watch. Clearly, Kakihara, is the star of this film with his blonde hair, bright shiny suits and severed mouth that he holds together with metal clips. I've yet to see a character in film as sadistic as he was. I like the scene where he smokes a cigarette and you can see the smoke exhale through the severed sides of his mouth. This is the best U.S. version DVD set of Ichi to get with oodles of bonus features to browse. The double disc set includes interviews with the Japanese cast and American directors/actors in the horror film industry reactions to the film as well as commentary tracks with Takashi (with commentary subtitles). There are also many trailers to other Miike Takashi films. "Hostel" director, Eli Roth, is prominently present in the featurettes and he even shows clips about how he wanted to look like Kakihara, complete with the scars and severed mouth make-up. The behind-the-scenes features are very interesting because the film-makers reveal how some of the films' special effects are executed including the scene of Kakihara's cutting of his own tongue and the woman's nipple, cutting scene (ouch!).
Now for the blood packaging that many reviewers have complained about. I tend to agree with the majority. Great packaging idea, but poor execution. If you manage to sucessfully extract the DVD's from that sticky, blood bag, don't put them back in the bag. Instead, get a ultra-slim, double disc holder for the two discs and slide it behind the blood bag in the original clear box. It's a little tight mainly because of the flexible blood bag, but I managed to get it all to fit snugly while maintaining the original look of the original packaging. Everytime that you want to watch the movie again, just slide the slim disc holder out. I used a black color, slim-double disc holder, but I think a clear or white color holder would work better so the transparent writing from the original packaging would be more legible. Just a suggestion!