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!
Synopsis written by: Anna Page