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Ichi The Killer


Takashi Miike’s ultra-violent cult film Ichi the Killer has endured as one of the most influential pieces of genre filmmaking of the last two decades, and now it returns in an all-new, all-stunning digital restoration approved by Miike himself.
This visceral, blood-soaked and often hilarious film, adapted from Hideo Yamamoto’s infamous manga, follows the insane adventures of Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano), a notoriously sadistic yakuza enforcer sporting blonde hair and a yawning, pierced slash for a mouth. Kakihara is no ordinary gangster, and his methods of “enemy dispatch” are equally unorthodox; he impales one poor suspect’s naked body on a series of meat hooks and then dumps hot oil on him! Kakihara’s boss has recently been murdered, and while he searches for the killer, a shadowy villain known as Jijii deftly manipulates, for his own nefarious purposes, Ichi (Nao Ohmori), a demented and ruthless killing machine clad in a garish superhero suit. Pining for the sadistic abuse of his boss, Kakihara learns of Ichi from a Hong Kong hostess and sets out to find this fabled butcher, hoping he can inflict the pain that Kakihara craves. (Dir. by Takashi Miike, 2001, Japan, in Japanese/Cantonese with English subtitles, 129 mins., Not Rated)

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