Koroshiya 1 (Ichi the Killer) Reviews

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
A sizzling, orgiastic celebration of bloodshed and depravity.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 5, 2002
Quite possibly the most gruesome film I've ever seen, this live-action manga thriller at least has a vicious sense of humour amid the gore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 15, 2010
Miiki holds up violence as a virtue, in this nonconformist cartoon-like ode to ultra-violence, sadism and masochism.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
May 21, 2005
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 3, 2007
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.
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
August 25, 2005
It could have been more deeply disturbing; instead, it's just shocking.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 12, 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
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
New York Times
May 19, 2003
The direction occasionally rises to the level of marginal competence, but for most of the film it is hard to tell who is chasing who or why.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
June 5, 2003
Only those most addicted to film violence in all its forms will find anything here to appreciate.
Top Critic
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 10, 2003
The unceasing sadism is so graphically excessive, the director just ends up exposing his own obsession.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
October 23, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 12, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Dennis Harvey
Variety
August 8, 2008
Even hardy gonzo-cinema auds will likely find the hectic pace overstimulating to the point of numbed-out tedium.
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
October 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
[A] gross-out classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Hurts so bad, but feels so good.
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Funny, absurd, nightmarishly visceral and -- of course -- deeply serious.
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002
Much of what we see is horrible but it's also undeniably exceedingly clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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