1. Sickening sights like sadomasochism, eyes gouged out, people being chopped in half, noses and ears being chopped off, women who like being beaten to the point of disfigurement and blood spurting often and freely appear often in Ichi the Killer. I don’t mind violence in films — some of my favorite films are the Godfather series, Taxi Driver, GoodFellas, Total Recall, Pulp Fiction, Casino and Kill Bill. However, Ichi the Killer nauseated me. Takashi Miike seems determined to put every sexual fetish, every sick perversion and every violent act imaginable onto film. After seeing this film, I felt unclean and disturbed. And judging from what I’ve heard about his other work, including Audition, I don’t think Miike varies his themes or tempers his bloodlust that much. Like I said, I can take lots of violence in movies, but this is just too much. I hope Takashi Miike gets some serious psychological help — he desperately needs it.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. This is an awful movie, pure crap, I am a big fan of foreign films and have been into asian cinema for years so this movie didn’t shock, offend or disturb me, it just waisted my time.

    Characters you couldn’t care about, Directing that made me sleepy and a story that must have had its plots chosen by dice.

    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. The overexcess of gore and violence does NOT make up for the terribly weak plot of this movie. I was hardly able to finish Ichi the Killer and it’s not often or ever I turn off, or walk out of a movie. I am going to take a shotgun to this dvd so that no man will ever be able to say “I wasted an hour and a half watching this garbage.”

    Rating: 1 / 5

  4. After reading so many positive reviews of this film, I took a chance, and got it. Bad Move. This film is amateurish from the top down. First, it looks like it was shot on a dollar budget with recycled fuji film. The acting (acting?) puts it in a class with “Plan 9 From Outer Space.” As for the gory effects; a crybaby killer leaves a trail of red paint and pig intestines wherever he goes. Honestly, the whole film is so overdone, it is laughable. By the way, notice that the killer has a three inch blade that pops out of the heel of his shoe. With that blade he slices people in half! This is very effective if you are fighting 2 1/2 inch thick opponents!!! Any wonder this film never gained wide release in this country?
    Rating: 2 / 5

  5. Wow. I’ve never felt compelled to write a review within 5 minutes of opening a purchase, but you all need to be warned. Be EXTREMELY careful when opening the dye-filled pouch that contains the discs. I gently cut the top of the pouch with scissors (since there’s no peel-back opening or anything), and almost immediately the liquid gushed out all over the place. The discs are tucked inside the pouch real deep (to prevent them getting damaged, I guess), but that only made it more difficult to try to pry them out without squeezing liquid all over them.I just barely managed to get mine out (had to wipe them down immediately afterward). It looks cool as hell in the package, but damn…The discs should have been in a seperate pouch within the dye-filled one!

    As for the film itself, and this edition, it’s 5 star material all the way…IF you can get the discs out of the packaging without the liquid getting all over them first. This film is an absolute classic, and this version is the one to own, but whoever designed this package needs to be slapped silly. Buyer beware.
    Rating: 1 / 5

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