Ichi the Killer
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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 mastermind behind the plot is Jijii, an ex-cop bent on turning the gangsters of Japan against one another. His trump card is a physically powerful lunatic who is constantly on the verge of snapping. This madman is Ichi the Killer, and between him and Kakihara, the streets will run red with blood.
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So let me just say this, the way I describe Ichi The Killer to people haven't seen it is as so....
"If you want to see a film with everything that is terrible or horrible in the world all rolled up into one giant ball then Ichi is a must watch." It has torture, masturbation, extreme gore, extreme sexual assault, women being brutally beaten, hard-drug use, child death, gun violence, people being burnt, stabbed, beaten, abusive relationships...it just covers all the bases of everything that is horrible and I applaud it for being so abrasive and different than anything else out there.
There's not much in the way of extras on this Blu Ray which is a shame because the movie is presented the best its ever been. The picture is very nice while retaining a film grain look and sounds pretty good as well with rear surround channels getting plenty of use. It is definitely an improvement over the last Blu Ray that was released stateside. Not much else to say other than if you have yet to see Ichi the Killer, make sure it's the kind of film you are. It's super violent, insane and just flat out f'ed up. Definitely not for all tastes and not a first date film by any means. Probably not a fifth date film either.
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!
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