Quickie: Ichi the Killer (2001)

Tarantino must have lost his shit when he saw this movie.

I’ve got to hand it to Takashi Miike, I don’t think I’ve ever come across a more intimidating gang of killers than Kakihara’s coldblooded squad. Ichi the Killer is like if Twisted Picture’s insanely graphic, distasteful Saw sequels were mildly artistic. It…uniquely…explores how murder can be an act committed not necessarily by one’s self directly, but through the selfish manipulation of another, tormented host. Kind of like…Saw? Hold up. WAIT A MINUTE. 

If you know me though, I’m one sick f###, so I can safely say that this film was a BEYOND peachy experience. It’s violent-er than violence and weirder than weirdness. Can’t wait to see Audition, 13 Assassins, The Happiness of the Katakuris, First Love, and more!

Lastly, Kakihara is a prime example of a supporting character who outshines the main protagonist. Spin-off, spin-off, SPIN-OFF! 

Verdict: A-

“Ichi the Killer” is now available to stream on Amazon Prime, Vudu, YouTube, and Google Play.

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