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Ichi the Killer: Episode 0 (2002)

Koroshiya 1: The Animation Episode 0 (original title)
A masochistic mobster meets his match in the dark streets of Tokyo. His nemesis, Ichi, is a psychopathic killer with an unrelenting thirst for bloodshed. A horrifying secret burns in his ... See full summary »

Director:

Shinji Ishihira

Writers:

Sakichi Sato (script), Tom Wayland (script adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chihiro Suzuki Chihiro Suzuki ... Hajime Shiroishi (voice)
Shinpachi Tsuji Shinpachi Tsuji ... Jijii (voice)
Sayaka Ôhara Sayaka Ôhara ... Midori (voice)
Takashi Miike ... Kakihara (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruce Aarons Bruce Aarons ... Prison Guard (voice)
Shannon Conley ... Mother (voice) (as Holly Bobbit)
Dan Green ... Mr. Shiroishi (voice) (as Jean Masters)
Rebecca Honig ... Midori (voice) (as Rebecca Miriam)
David Moo David Moo ... Hirano (voice)
David Logan Rankin David Logan Rankin ... Tanabe (voice) (as Tristan Goddard)
Michael Sinterniklaas ... Hajime Shiroishi (voice) (as Michael Tremain)
Tom Wayland ... Kaneda (voice)
Buddy Woodward ... Teacher (voice)
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A masochistic mobster meets his match in the dark streets of Tokyo. His nemesis, Ichi, is a psychopathic killer with an unrelenting thirst for bloodshed. A horrifying secret burns in his mind, and his hands deal death without mercy. At last, the shrouds of mystery are parted to reveal the origin of the monster. The city will know its greatest fear at the unveiling of Ichi the Killer.

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Anime at its most extreme.


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 September 2002 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ichi the Killer: Episode 0 See more »

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Director of the live-action adaptation, Takashi Miike, stars as the pivotal character Kakihara. See more »

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Followed by 1-Ichi (2003) See more »

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Purists are unhappy with the dollops of SM orientated sex
21 January 2009 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

I realise Ichi hardcore fans were disappointed with this short animated feature that depicts the killer's early years, but I rather enjoyed it. Purists are unhappy with the dollops of SM orientated sex that peppers the film and whilst I can understand that I rather liked the links made with the sex and violence. It may come over a little pat here but it is rare enough that the link is even touched on in most mafia/yakuza movies, when the link is surely undeniable. Some have also criticised the muddy and occasionally ugly animation, but again all seemed well suited to the subject matter. I liked the domestic scenes and the inevitable references to school qualifications and bullying and overall thought that a very decent job had been done. I see no sign of a sequel that would take us into the same time frame as the original live action film and this presumably reflects that not everyone felt as well disposed to this as I.


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