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Ichi the Killer

Japan 2001
directed by Takashi Miike
starring Nao Omori, Tadanobu Asano, Shinya Tsukamoto, Alien Sun (= Paulyn Sun), Sabu (II) (= Hiroyuki Tanaka), Susumu Terajima, Shun Sugata, Toru Tezuka, Kee, Satoshi Niizuma, Matsuo Suzuki
based on a manga by Hideo Yamamoto

Ichi the Killer

review by
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When mighty Yakuza boss Anjo is gone missing, only his most loyal henchman, the facially disfigured Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano), does not believe he has made an escape with the gang's money. When he tortures the wrong man - Suzuki (Susumu Terajima), another Yakuza bigshot - though, he has to repent for his mistake though by cutting out his tongue, & is still thrown out of the organisation. So it's him & his old boss's gang against all the rest of the Yakuza's, & he still has to find out about the murder of his boss - & yes, Suzuki actually had something to do with it. The actual killer though was Ichi (Nao Omori), a disturbed young man who was bullied as a child, & when a woman was brutally raped before ghis very eyes something snapped & he turned into a lone avenger with the mission to rid the world of all the bullies - in an extremely bloody way, though. & Yakuza Jijii (Shinya Tsukamoto) is the actual brains behind him, knowing how to channel Ichi's anger into the right direction in order to personally profit from it. In the end it is Ichi against Kakihara , who turns out to be a closet masochist wanting to be severely punished by Ichi, & his gang. But when Ichi kills one of Kakihara's henchman who was actually the father of a boy who idolized Ichi in front of that very boy, Ichi cracks up, realizing that in order to take revenge on all the bullies, he has actually become a bully himself. Kakihara, in disappointment because Ichi is no longer going to punish him, fantasizes their final fight & happily throws himself off a tall building to his death.

 

A Yakuza/superhero-movie, filled with over the top comic-book-violence & -gore effects (making the manga source of this movie quite obvious), but, as it is often the case with director Takashi Miike's movies, it's style over substance. The film moves swiftly from one trendy brutality & flashy SM-imagery to the next, with many a macabre detail & nice special effect (e.g. Kakihara's slit-open cheeks, only held together by earrings) thrown in, but there is little in way of storytelling or characterizations, which is a pity considering the many characters that actually play reasonably large parts in the story & the convoluted story itself.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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