Pathfinder Pictures | Release Date: July 30, 2004
7.9
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Generally favorable reviews based on 13 Ratings
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NeoHunterAug 9, 2004
Miike goes Lynch...Loved it!
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AndrewS.Nov 10, 2006
Another Miike masterpiece.
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VinceH.Jul 31, 2004
Miike fans will not be dissapointed. This film is much more lucid & complex than a lot of his other fans, but people looking for another Miike yakuza/gore extravaganza wil like it, just don't expect "Ichi the Killer".
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Andys_ReviewsAug 24, 2013
To say this film is bizarre is to put it extremely mildly; in places, it’s down-right bonkers! However, I did find it strangely compelling, if a little difficult to follow here and there. I’m usually pretty good at following foreign languageTo say this film is bizarre is to put it extremely mildly; in places, it’s down-right bonkers! However, I did find it strangely compelling, if a little difficult to follow here and there. I’m usually pretty good at following foreign language films; even those with subtitles, but this one just lost me a couple of times. At times it was very violent and it could be also very comic; touching drama and even horrific; it seems to touch many genres. There were some excellent special effects; all practical effects as far as I could see; and some of these were truly stunning (particularly one near the end). Over all though, I did find it a tad over long and a little frustrating to follow (too many metaphors, maybe?). Even so, I will deem it ‘recommended’ for its’ innovative effects and some compelling (if confusing) story telling.

SteelMonster’s verdict: RECOMMENDED

My score: 5.8/10.
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