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Izo, an assassin attempting to kill the Shogun, is captured and crucified in 1865 Japan. His fury propels him through space and time to modern day Tokyo, where he begins exacting bloody revenge on the heirs of the Shogun. This in turn angers the Lords of the Universe, who raise an army of both Samurai and Yakuza to defeat Izo.


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Audience Reviews for Izo

  • Jul 01, 2011
    Definitely one of the more difficult movie-watching experiences I've had in the last few years! Miike's Izo does not follow a typical movie archtype. The director uses freeform narrative combined with stunning imagery to make a movie that has to be seen to believe it's real! I don't think I fully understood what was going on as the plot takes a backseat to ideas and imagery. Multiple viewings are probably required to take it all in!
    James B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2009
    One of the weirdest films every produced and also one of the hardest to watch. There was a lot of greatness in this film. I really liked the school scene where Izo cuts down the mothers, but this film was just far too repetitive. It's basically a guy being defiant and killing everyone. It also has a lot of deep philosophical musings, but for me the gore and violence was just too strong to let the deeper themes through. Something tells me this was never meant to be enjoyed as normal films are which is both one of it's pluses and one of it's negatives. Certainly worth checking out, but you may need a few sittings to get through it.
    Luke B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2008
    I can only judge this movie based on it's aestetics, due to the fact that the subtitles are a bit lacking and I don't speak Japanese, but even with the lack of translation, this movie still rules.
    Shane D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 15, 2008
    Miike himself has described the movie as a mantra, a way of exploring the same basic idea through various facets of meaning. Most movies are merely concerned with a contrived plot, a way of hustling a bunch of characters along to a happy or sad ending. Izo is not about a plot, but it has a story, one which neither ever really began nor ended, so a linear plot would not serve its intentions. We see pieces of various parts of his life linking up and creating drama that fuel the films' forward momentum, much as Izo's anger sends him hurtling forward again and again towards...what? The further Izo goes, the more he becomes a monster of instinct, and the more nihilistic his fury becomes, not because he kills, but because he no longer has any element of choice
    El Hombre I Super Reviewer

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