Ultra-violent action from Japan's leading cult director that plays fast and loose with genre conventions to deliver an innovative -- and frequently revolting -- work of cult Asian cinema.
Miiki holds up violence as a virtue, in this nonconformist cartoon-like ode to ultra-violence, sadism and masochism.
| Original Score: C+
Hurts so bad, but feels so good.
Even hardy gonzo-cinema auds will likely find the hectic pace overstimulating to the point of numbed-out tedium.
A film of considerable depth, intelligence and accomplishment that marks a new high point of maturity and consistency in its author's work.
| Original Score: 4/5
Let's start with the fact that we were handed out Ichi barf bags before the film started. Always a good sign.
| Original Score: A+
The torture is strictly for kicks, which spoiled this for me, but less skittish viewers may enjoy this as a stylish and tightly wound genre piece.
For those with an appreciation for weirdness, this is an extremist on form.
Funny, absurd, nightmarishly visceral and -- of course -- deeply serious.
[A] gross-out classic.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
It could have been more deeply disturbing; instead, it's just shocking.
| Original Score: 6/10
Um interessante exercício de estilo que surpreende pelo humor negro, pela violência extremada e pelo fascinante vilão masoquista.
| Original Score: 3/5
I think there is a line between ... exploring sadism and practicing it, and Miike takes a Carl Lewis long jump over that line and doesn't look back.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
A sizzling, orgiastic celebration of bloodshed and depravity.
| Original Score: C
a bizarre sado-masochistic love story, an unnerving excursion into criminal and sexual extremes, and a comicbook explosion of lurid colours and freakish characters
Makes Audition and Visitor Q look like harmless chick flicks.
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
There is a charm about the movie's crazy camera angles and insistence on grabbing for silly visual jokes, but you can't quite call it a success.
| Original Score: 2/4
Makes Audition seem downright pedestrian, and that might be the most disturbing statement I've made in my entire life.
| Original Score: 7/10
For obvious reasons it's not really an actors' film, but it would add up to less than it does without the heroic contributions of an extraordinary cast, which includes the directors Shinya Tsukamoto and Sabu.