Brandon Bzduch’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is no joke the best thing I’ve ever seen. I saw this when I was 12 or 13, and I was repulsed and bored.
But now, as an adult, this is the most twisted and dark comedic film I’ve ever seen. The gore is fantastic, the torture scenes are absolutely cringe inducing but also manage to be funny. I was a bit ashamed at how funny I found some parts of this movie, in a way that made me think “is this even supposed to be funny?”
The directing is stylish and the colors are rich, Ichi is hilariously one of the worst characters I’ve ever seen In a movie, Kakihara is one of the most joyously entertaining characters ever, and besides the child, is the only sympathetic character in the movie, like come on, someone beat up my mans nice and good. Some of the cgi is so god-awful but it adds to the film’s aesthetic, and everything together is a masterpiece of style, exploitation, and comedy.
This is indeed it.