Ichi the Killer | 2001

Directed by: Takashi Miike

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Main Plot

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 achieving.


  • Tadanobu Asano plays the character Kakihara in Ichi the Killer. Kakihara is a sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer seeking vengeance.
  • Nao Ă”mori plays Kakihara, a sadomasochistic yakuza member who becomes obsessed with finding his boss's killer in Ichi the Killer.
  • Kakihara is a sadomasochistic enforcer who becomes obsessed with finding Ichi, a psychopathic killer, in the film Ichi the Killer.


The ending of Ichi the Killer sees Ichi confronting his nemesis, Jijii, who reveals his true intentions. Kakihara, seeking revenge for his boss, intervenes and a brutal battle ensues. Ichi's immense strength and twisted psyche are revealed as he mercilessly kills Jijii. Kakihara, having lost his purpose, allows Ichi to escape. The film concludes with Ichi wandering the streets, haunted by his actions, while Kakihara, now alone, smiles and embraces the pain. A dark and violent conclusion that leaves the audience questioning the boundaries of good and evil.

Takashi Miike