Monday, May 02, 2005

Takashi Miike Hatin'

I wanted to be able to tell people I'm a huge Miike fan, because it sounds so cool. After seeing and hating the disappointing Happiness of the Katakuris, I went for the one you're supposed to see first to find out what the fuss is all about. Sadly, Ichi the Killer has made its way onto my shockingly small list of movies I didn't even care to finish. I can see why people like the movie; it's got that cool, fast thing going for it, and the lead character seems like he ought to be interesting. The complete lack of content sinks this movie. I don't need to be seeing a guy fucking a woman while punching her in the face unless it's critical to the plot or to proving a really good point, something other than "if you do this sort of thing you're the bad guy." At least there could have been some ambiguity in any one of the lead characters, but instead we get Ichi himself, who's unrealistically insane and Kakihara, who's unrealistically sadistic. Maybe, just maybe you have to watch the end of the movie to "get it," but I'm just not willing to put up with the uberviolent journey. Until I see otherwise, I'm putting Miike in the "unrealized potential" category.

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