R | | Action, Comedy, Crime
As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.
Director Takashi Miike originally intended to have the author of the original manga (comic), Hideo Yamamoto, to write a script entirely in manga form, but the idea fell through when Yamamoto felt he could not complete it due to writer's block.
Kakihara! What the fuck do you think you are doing?
Kakihara: Just a little torture.
When Kakihara is attacked in the streets, protective padding is visible under his clothing. Look for it when he bends over backwards without falling over, before he removes his piercings.
End credits scroll up, down, left, right, forwards and backwards.
The unrated DVD from Media Blasters says the running time is 124 minutes, but it is actually the full 129.
Japanese, Cantonese, English
$20,285 (USA) (1 April 2018)
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