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Koroshiya 1

Takashi Miike Japan, 2001

J. O.'s rating of the film Ichi the Killer

This film lies in the middle ground in Miike's spectrum, with horrendously unnecessary on one end and delightfully mesmerizing on the other. Somewhere in between, around the centre, this film teeters - it's a disgustingly violent story that remains silly and humourous, with gangsters and lunatics aplenty. Though it does not live up to its cult hype, it is certainly entertaining the first time around.