Directed by: Takashi Miike 2001 | 128 min.

Section: Fantastic Asia

Premiere: Return Engagement

Countries: Japan

Languages: Japanese, with English subtitles

Genres: Crime, Horror, Thriller


Sponsored by:

Nippon Golden Network

HIFF is honored to present a special 4K restoration of Takashi Miike’s shocking cult classic ICHI THE KILLER. Bursting onto the scene in 2001, ICHI THE KILLER was a landmark film for Japanese genre film, and cemented Takashi Miike as one of the boldest and most outrageous filmmakers of his generation. Fresh off of his run with shock-horror AUDITION, Miike crafted an ultra-violent, brilliant tale that brought together classic yakuza gangster tropes with those of the violent serial killer thriller. Causing quite a stir upon its 2001 release, its graphic scenes of violence and sadism leading to cuts and outright bans in many countries.

The basics for the un-initiated: Sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano, in one of his most infamous roles) is on the prowl, searching for his missing boss. When he comes across a rival psychotic killer named Ichi, he must prepare for an ultra-violent showdown.

While Miike is one of the most prolific Japanese directors working today (helming an average of 5-7 films per year for almost a decade, with 102 directing credits to his name), ICHI THE KILLER still stands out as one of his greatest works. Beautifully restored from its original Beta-to-35mm version, this is a rare opportunity to see this incredible film on the big screen that must not be missed. Relieve yourself of all that FOMO, book your tickets today!

-Anna Page


Synopsis written by: Anna Page


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Cast & Crew

Director Takashi Miike
Screenwriter Sakichi Sato
Producer Funatsu Akiko
Cast Tadanobu Asano, Nao Omori, Alien Sun, Susumu Terajima, Shinya Tsukamoto
Cinematographer Hideo Yamamoto

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