Ichi the Killer (Koroshiya 1)

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  • aka Koroshiya ichi aka Koroshiya 1 "April 11th"
  • Official Trailer

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Known as an auteur of the extreme, Miike took the ultra-violent gangster film to new heights with the visceral, bloody, and often hilarious ICHI THE KILLER, which has since endured as one of the most influential pieces of genre filmmaking of the last two decades. Based on the manga ICHI THE KILLER by Hideo Yamamoto, the film follows Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano), a notoriously sadistic yakuza enforcer whose search for his boss' killer brings him into the orbit of a demented costumed assassin known as Ichi (Nao Ohmori).


  • Tadanobu Asano
  • Nao Ohmori
  • Shin'ya Tsukamoto
  • Paulyn Sun
  • Susumu Terajima
  • Shun Sugata
  • Tôru Tezuka
  • Yoshiki Arizono
  • Kiyohiko Shibukawa
  • Satoshi Niizuma

Did You Know?


  • As a publicity gimmick, barf bags were recieved by viewers out at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to those attending the midnight screening of this movie. Similar bags were given during the Stockholm International Film Festival. Reportedly watching this film caused one viewer to throw up and another to faint.
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  • When Kakihara is attacked in the streets, protective padding is visible under his clothing. Look for it when he bends over backwards without falling over, before he removes his piercings.
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    • Kakihara: Wow... this is great!
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Unhinged even for Takashi Miike, Ichi the Killer suggests a bloody and ejaculate-stained Rorschach inkblot, reveling in ultraviolence that can be interpreted to flatter any adventurous audience's sensibilities.

Metacritic review by Chuck Bowen
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

One of Miike's most violent and sadistic movies, filled with squirting blood, throat-slashing, limb-hacking and other forms of mutilation too gruesome to describe here.

Metacritic review by V.A. Musetto
V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Any serious message has been sacrificed on the altar of excess, making us realize why the stylish story probably worked better as a graphic comic book than as a film.

Metacritic review by John Petrakis
John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune