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See the Bodily Fluids of Takashi Miike’s ‘Ichi the Killer’ in 4K!

It was announced earlier this year that Emperor Motion Picture had restored and revived Ichi the Killer (2001), one of the most challenging, violent and iconic films to emerge from Japanese auteur Takashi Miike.

It was announced today that not only did Well Go USA Entertainment acquire North American rights for the all-new 4K restoration but that it’s a director’s cut!

In the film, as sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.

As exciting as this is, there’s  was a bit of bad news with the initial announcement:

“Miike is prolific, but ‘Ichi the Killer’ stands out as something special,” says EMP’s head of international sales May Yip. “Unfortunately, the materials were in very poor condition as it was shot in Beta and only later converted to 35mm.”

Good news? Yip does add this juicy morsel:

“So, given that there was enduring interest and licenses expiring, we took the decision to restore it. The result will be better, even gorier.”

When can you see this? The wait won’t be long as it will receive a theatrical release beginning on November 10th with an exclusive New York City engagement at Metrograph, and will roll out to specialty theaters across North America over the next several months in full 4K glory.



  • zombie84_41

    yayy hope my theater gets this

  • Mike tantatelli

    I love this movie.

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  • Bloodkry

    What about a Blu-ray release?

  • Daniel Kennard

    Hopefully we get a 4k UHD home release

  • HeteroFriendly

    One of the best movies ever.
    Ichi-1 is really good too IMO.

    A gem like this deserves all the special treatment it can get.
    But I’m not a big gore freak. I’ve watched this 20 times but I really have to look away from half of it. I like scares and tension and artistry and drama, but I just cant handle gore very well.,

  • J Jett

    i’ve never seen this. is it THAT good?

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