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Look at How Good the Restored ‘Ichi the Killer’ Looks!

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. Well Go USA Entertainment acquired North American rights for the all-new 4K restoration that’s also brand new director’s cut.

Well Go just sent us the poster and some super hi-res images to show just how stunning the new transfer looks. Holy shit. Those in New York are lucky as fuck, with Ichi having a special one-week engagement at the Metrograph beginning tomorrow!

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.

The materials were in very poor condition as it was shot in Beta and only later converted to 35mm, hence the new edit which is said to be even gorier.

It will soon roll out to specialty theaters across North America over the next several months in full 4K glory.



  • MeeGhoulz

    I would love to see Miike’s adaptation of ‘Ooru’ …

  • Mike tantatelli

    I love this flick. Can’t wait to see it restored.

    • Bart Crowe

      This was my introduction to non-kaiju or animated related Japanese cinema and still one of my favorites.

  • FeministFriendly

    A directors cut you say?

    I’d rather watch any new footage or cut or restoration of Ichi the Killer then ANYTHING jj abrams has done or will ever do.

    Unless it involves suspending jj abrams from the ceiling with piercing hooks while we pour hot fried chicken grease over him, I’d watch that.

    And then change the channel back to Ichi the killer.

    • Laven Pillay

      Wow. And I thought _I_ had it in for JJ 🙂
      PS : Just watch out for those lens flares when you’re pouring the shiny oil from the shiny pot onto his shiny smug face !
      PPS : I dont actually know what kind of person JJ is, but I suspect he’s a bit of a “hoighty toighty artsy farsty” knob ? 😉

  • Laven Pillay

    Possibly the first Miike movie I saw – instant fanboi.
    Then watched Goku – instantly scared of Miike’s mind.
    Then watched Audition – _definitely_ scared of Miikes mind – and in awe ! 🙂

  • James Allard

    And here I have been waiting for… just this very thing. Yes. Yes.

  • Necro

    One of the most disturbing opening scenes to a movie……..period!

  • biff

    Um, remastered Director’s Cut? Count me in — you won’t have to go beyond ichi (LOL JOEK).

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