Koroshiya 1 (Ichi the Killer) Reviews

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Film4
July 16, 2010
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.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Hurts so bad, but feels so good.
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2007
| Original Score: 3/4
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
Let's start with the fact that we were handed out Ichi barf bags before the film started. Always a good sign.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
For those with an appreciation for weirdness, this is an extremist on form.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Funny, absurd, nightmarishly visceral and -- of course -- deeply serious.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
[A] gross-out classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
October 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
August 9, 2005
Um interessante exercício de estilo que surpreende pelo humor negro, pela violência extremada e pelo fascinante vilão masoquista.
| Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
January 16, 2004
a bizarre sado-masochistic love story, an unnerving excursion into criminal and sexual extremes, and a comicbook explosion of lurid colours and freakish characters
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
November 19, 2003
Makes Audition and Visitor Q look like harmless chick flicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
August 22, 2003
Makes Audition seem downright pedestrian, and that might be the most disturbing statement I've made in my entire life.
| Original Score: 7/10
Tony Rayns
Sight and Sound
August 5, 2003
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.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 8, 2003
It's the kind of deeply horrible and bizarre movie that really can only be viewed from between your fingers, or behind the sofa, for most of its two-hours-plus running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 30, 2003
Like every film which claims the mantle of Goriest-Yet-Made, Ichi the Killer will draw the curious into its flesh-frazzled visceral grip.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 23, 2003
It's endlessly inventive, consistently intelligent and sickeningly savage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 16, 2003
Those who want to be jolted out of their gourd should drop everything and run to Ichi.
| Original Score: 3/4
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com
October 14, 2002
Side-splitting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Campos
Film Threat
June 21, 2002
With Ichi the Killer, Takashi Miike, Japan's wildest filmmaker gives us a crime fighter carrying more emotional baggage than Batman...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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