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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.
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+
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Hurts so bad, but feels so good.
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.
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
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+
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.
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
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
Pablo Villaça
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
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
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
A sizzling, orgiastic celebration of bloodshed and depravity.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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
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.
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