believe the Japanese title translates to something like Number 1 Killer, or Killer 1. Ichi the Killer doesn’t really bother me as a title, it’s pretty to the point.
Anyway, Ichi is brilliant, go see it. There are so many people out there who cry and moan about the violence, but I just don’t get it. The violence doesn’t effect me, it’s almost comical and certainly highly stylized. Sure it’s gory, but I don’t think it takes a iron stomach to sit through. It’s amazing how many reviews you’ll find out there that comment on nothing but the gore factor, so many knee-jerk reactions to the film that it can get you sick.
Ahh, but what can you do. I’m at the point that if a film offends me in some way, it usually gets my respect. Ichi didn’t offend me, but it’s an incredible piece of filmmaking. Some folks just don’t seem to be up to that kind of cinema I guess.
Haven’t seen those other two flicks just yet though, sorry.