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Koroshiya 1

Takashi Miike Japan, 2001

Richmond Hill's rating of the film Ichi the Killer

There's an unmistakable gaudy élan to the film but the level of painful detail depicted serves little purpose other than to create the rawest of sensations - to what end? In a sense a logical extension - perhaps more truthful given it doesn't flinch - of the current trend for pulpy cartoons which negate true horror for slam-dunk fibs, but skill aside, it's not a film to revisit however one tries to rationalise it.