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Koroshiya 1 (Ichi the Killer) Reviews

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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.

Full Review Source: Film4

July 16, 2010
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Miiki holds up violence as a virtue, in this nonconformist cartoon-like ode to ultra-violence, sadism and masochism.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

April 15, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Hurts so bad, but feels so good.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Dennis Harvey
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Even hardy gonzo-cinema auds will likely find the hectic pace overstimulating to the point of numbed-out tedium.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 8, 2008
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film

A film of considerable depth, intelligence and accomplishment that marks a new high point of maturity and consistency in its author's work.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4/5

December 7, 2007
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

Let's start with the fact that we were handed out Ichi barf bags before the film started. Always a good sign.

Full Review Source: Film Scouts | Original Score: A+

June 21, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 3, 2007
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

For those with an appreciation for weirdness, this is an extremist on form.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

December 30, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Funny, absurd, nightmarishly visceral and -- of course -- deeply serious.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

[A] gross-out classic.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 26, 2006
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

It could have been more deeply disturbing; instead, it's just shocking.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 6/10

August 25, 2005
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Um interessante exercício de estilo que surpreende pelo humor negro, pela violência extremada e pelo fascinante vilão masoquista.

| Original Score: 3/5

August 9, 2005
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

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.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 21, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A sizzling, orgiastic celebration of bloodshed and depravity.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C

May 4, 2005
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

a bizarre sado-masochistic love story, an unnerving excursion into criminal and sexual extremes, and a comicbook explosion of lurid colours and freakish characters

Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

January 16, 2004
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

Makes Audition and Visitor Q look like harmless chick flicks.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 4/4

November 19, 2003
John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

October 23, 2003

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

October 12, 2003
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

Makes Audition seem downright pedestrian, and that might be the most disturbing statement I've made in my entire life.

| Original Score: 7/10

August 22, 2003
Tony Rayns
Sight and Sound

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.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

August 5, 2003
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