Ichi the Killer (2001) IMDb

Categorization

Some humour, some horror, but mostly all-out grossness in imaginative forms, heavy on torture and large gobs of semen. Neither the violence nor people’s reactions to it are generally realistic.

Subject

A yakuza leader goes missing. His flamboyantly sadomasochistic disciple, and a far more sane ex-cop indebted to the vanished leader, eventually realize the identity of the guilty party: A ridiculously talented fighter with a mental age of about six.

Commentary

Excellent in its genre, which is a questionable one.

Japanese production fiction moving picture

Spin-off:

“Ichi the Killer: Episode 0” (2002) IMDb

Categorization

More of the original’s hypnotic schlock, now focused entirely on Ichi.

Subject

Ichi relives a past where all kinds of orchestrated abuse and warped sexual models bring dormant urges to life in the innocent young boy. When he rises to fight his oppressors, it’s not the just retribution of the underdog.

Commentary

The only single aspect that’s hard to complain about is the voice acting, but even that isn’t very good. Nonetheless, the extreme extension of the motifs is oddly appealing, as in the original. Oddly enough, there is no raped Tachibana.

Japanese production animation fiction moving picture