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yakuza boss Anjo disappears with three hundred million yen. His loyal gang members, lead by the masochist Kakihara, start a search, but their aggressive and gory methods worry the other yakuza gangs. Kakiharas most frightening counterpart is the mysterious Ichi, a psychopathic killer with a dark childhood secret, who is controlled by a retired cop.
Ai wa, kanari itai. (Love really hurts.)
Title: Koroshiya 1
Release Date: May 19, 2003
Runtime: 129 mins
All Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Languages: Japanese, Cantonese, English
Country: Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea
Sound: Dolby SR
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Buried.com Rating: 8.2 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With K
MPAA Rating: Unrated
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for strong perverse violence/gore and sexuality, language and drug content.
Tadanobu Asano ...Kakihara
Nao Omori ...Ichi
Shinya Tsukamoto ...Jijii
Paulyn Sun ...Karen (as Alien Sun)
Susumu Terajima ...Suzuki (as Sabu)
Shun Sugata ...Takayama
Toru Tezuka ...Fujiwara
yoshiki Arizono ...Nakazawa
Kiyohiko Shibukawa ...Ryu Long (as Kee)
Satoshi Niizuma ...Inoue
Suzuki Matsuo ...Jiro / Saburo
Jun Kunimura ...Funaki
Hiroyuki Tanaka ...Kaneko
Moro Morooka ...Coffee Shop Manager
Houka Kinoshita ...Sailor's Lover
Hiroshi Kobayashi ...Takeshi
Mai Goto ...Sailor
Rio Aoki ...Miyuki
yoshiyuki Morishita ...Pub Patron
Setchin Kawaya ...Pub Proprietor
yuki Kazamatsuri ...yakuza Girl
Sakichi Sato ...Man Kicking Ichi
Kaori Sugawara ...
Hideo Sako ...
Mako Takeda ...
Masataka Haji ...
Koroshiya 1 Horror Film Trailer 1
More Movie Taglines:
- Ai wa, kanari itai. (Love really hurts.)
- hisashiburini zetsubou shitéyo. majide. (It's been a while since I wanted to despair. Really.)
- Kakihara: Wow... this is great!
[Kakihara tastes a bloodstained pile of money] Kakihara: Yup. That's Boss Anjo's, all right.
Kano: Older Brother Kakihara, you were in love with Boss Anjo, weren't you? But it wasn't because you were queer or admired him or something. It was because you loved the pain you felt when he beat you up. That's why you're looking for him so hard, isn't it?
Kakihara: Listen, when you're giving pain to someone, don't think about the pain that person is feeling. Just concentrate on how good it feels to be causing someone pain. That's the best thing you can do for a true masochist!
[Kakihara gets punched] Kakihara: Put some feeling into it, already! If you're going to give someone pain, you've got to get into it!
- As a publicity gimmick, barf bags were handed out at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to those attending the midnight screening of this film.
When Kakihara's cell phone rings, the ringtone is the movie's theme song.
The fenced-in rooftop where Kakihara and Ichi battle is the same one seen in Takashi Miike's Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha (1999), where three policemen talk about murder and the Yakuza.
For the sequence in which his character is suspended from hooks and tortured, actor Susumu Terajima required twelve hours of makeup and other preparation, and then spent twelve more hours shooting the scene.
The name Ichi means "one", which is why he wears a yellow number 1 on his costume.
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