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  • Summary: An ultraviolent revenge movie based on a Manga cartoon in which a sinister hypnotist manipulates the timid but unstable Ichi to dispatch various mobsters in horrifically violent fashion by invoking false memories of witnessing a rape.
  • Director: Takashi Miike
  • Genre(s): Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Comedy, Crime
  • Rating: Unrated
  • Runtime: 129 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. 75
    One of Miike's most violent and sadistic movies, filled with squirting blood, throat-slashing, limb-hacking and other forms of mutilation too gruesome to describe here.
  2. 60
    Takashi knows how to make a great, sleazy Yakuza film, but what I’m missing here is that sense of something brand new.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    Takashi Miike's frenetic comic yakuza thriller embodies the best and worst this notorious Japanese genre auteur has to offer: It's endlessly inventive, consistently intelligent and sickeningly savage.
  4. 50
    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.
  5. 50
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    50
    Completely over-the-top yakuza actioner -- featuring nonstop mayhem, gore, torture and S&M -- duly reflects its comic book origins in both style and barely coherent narrative frenzy.
  7. This time around, the cult director dispenses with the feminism, the satire, and even the issues, so he can concentrate on his true passion: the dissecting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. May 3, 2011
    10
    In a world full of not good films, there exists a few films that are very good. This is one of those films. This is creativity for the sake of creativity. This is a celebration of hedonism and chaos. Expand
  2. May 20, 2012
    4
    Bland. Boring. The manga is perverse and extreme, which is not necessarily a "good" thing. I find Miike's general style is interesting because it doesn't adhere to certain cinematic rules, but his narrative doesn't captivate or hold gravitas. It doesn't feel like an aesthetic or anti-aesthetic, but rides right down the middle like a dull Goldilocks. Only his use of extreme violence and taboo themes make the fanboys feel like they're counter culture. In two words, over rated. But he's certainly grown as a film maker to some degree over the years. His use of color is also fascinating. Love hate. Collapse

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