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Director: Takashi Miike
Starring: Tadanobu Asano, Nao Ohmori, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Paulyn Sun, Susumu Terajima

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Not too sure why it took me so long to finally get Ichi the Killer on Blu-ray but it finally happened. It was a Chrismas gift, and in my mind, nothing says “Happy Holidays” like receiving one of the bloodiest movies ever made. Ichi wasn’t my first introduction to Takashi Miike, though it’s probably the one of his films that I’ve watched the most, and shared with the most people. Its over-the-top mayhem and tongue-in-cheek humour make it a must own for any fan of Japanese actions/horror cinema.

Synopsis

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.

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Takashi Miike and Manga Artist/Writer Hideo Yamamoto
  • Interviews
  • Director Eli Roth (Hostel) gushes over Ichi the Killer and director Miike.
  • Ichi Gallery
  • Memories of Ichi featurette
  • The Cult of Ichi featurette