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.
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