|Kakihara... A face only a mother would love. |
Ichi the Killer is a Japanese horror film that I've been wanting to watch forever. It was sitting in my Netflix instawatch since forever and I couldn't find the time to sit and watch it. It's not kid friendly and the only time that I managed to catch this was at midnight or so when everyone was asleep. The movie is not kid friendly. It deals with death, gore, sex, torture, and the deadly Japanese mafia. Ingredients for an awesomely, insane movie. Right away, you see death and blood that literally covers the walls of a hotel room. I don't know if the excess amount of blood is meant to be comical but I get the impression that the gore level of this movie is going to be cranked up to 11 and it may not take it's self too seriously.
|Damn it, Ichi! Clean up on isle... everywhere!|
Another thing that stood out to me was the way they portrayed Ichi. Almost in a Supermanesque sort of way. Ichi stalks a prostitute whom Ichi has strong feelings for. He watches from a window as she get beaten and raped by the woman's boyfriend/husband or regular customer on a regular basis. He pays to see her at the brothel but while others are getting it on, they simply sit and stare at each other. Ichi is too timid to really do anything. Out on the streets, he gets pushed around by the surrounding people and he almost get's punked by a couple of kids. Ichi is portrayed to be somewhat of a wimp. That is, until he dons his killing suit. Once he puts that baby on, he's a killing machine. He even goes to save his "girl" from that brutal relationship while wearing the suit and quickly slices the guy in half. The girl, showing a mixture of gratitude and remorse towards Ichi, quickly learns that her hero is not all that he's cracked up to be. Ichi inches his way towards her and says that he will now be the one to beat her and rape her. Heavy stuff, no? But it's that moment that you realize this guy has more than a few screws loose inside. Before we can even grasp this concept, Ichi has already sliced and diced the woman.
|Damn... and this is the woman Ichi loves. Imagine what he'd do to one that got on his nerves.|
|Ichi the Wuss Inside the Black Padded Suit wasn't as catchy a title.|
So what did you think of the film? I thought it was a good film. Something for us horror fans to watch and go "whoa..." The movie didn't blow me away, and, it may be a sign of the times, but the torture and death scenes were not at all realistic so for those of you that are a little weak in the stomach, you can manage to sit through and watch it. All in all, this is a sold film to catch and I'm glad that I managed to scratch it off my list of Asian horror films to watch. Once I get around to watching some more, I'll share some of my thoughts on those. So... what are your thoughts on Ichi the Killer? Later!