Ichi the Killer

A Film By Takashi Miike
Japan, 2001
Japanese w. English Subtitles

“Miike layers a blood-stained commentary on a toxic world in which men offer protection to men but really end up dooming them to exist within a spasmodic, shambolic, and hypermasculine sphere of violence.”
-Village Voice

Prepare to descend into the gritty and violent underworld of Takashi Miike’s cult classic, “Ichi the Killer.” This Japanese crime thriller, adapted from Hideo Yamamoto’s manga, takes audiences on a disturbing and adrenaline-fueled journey through the chaotic streets of Shinjuku.

This provocative and polarizing film revolves around Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano), a sadomasochistic enforcer seeking his missing boss, who vanished with a substantial amount of the yakuza’s money. Enter Ichi (Nao Omori), a psychologically damaged and seemingly meek man with a penchant for extreme violence. As Kakihara’s pursuit intensifies, a brutal game of cat and mouse unfolds, pushing the boundaries of sanity and morality.