Cover: 1-Ichi Rating: 6
Oct 19, 2007

Details

Director:Masato Tanno
Writer:Sakichi Satô, Hideo Yamamoto
Theatrical:2003
Rated:Unrated
Studio:Unearthed
Genre:Martial Arts
Duration:83
Languages:Japanese
Subtitles:English
Sound:Dolby
Aspect Ratio:1.85 : 1
Picture Format:Widescreen
Discs:1
Release:Jul 2005

Summary

Based on the original manga, 1-ICHI is a prequel to Takashi Miike's ICHI THE KILLER and a film on its own. Nao Omori reprise the role of Ichi, who we follow during his high school years. Mr. Dai (played by TEACH... best known as Mario from CITY OF LOST SOULS) is the best fighter in school... whenever he fights Ichi is there and has a huge smile on his face. Mr. Dai thinks that Ichi is laughing at him but in fact he enjoys watching the violence that goes through the fights. Everyone is bullying, taunting and making fun of Ichi... even little kids from his karate class. Yet Ichi refuses to let go of his anger and fight others. Just when Mr. Dai is about to get Ichi, a new transfer student (Kôji Chihara) starts to make his own laws... by beating up everyone and breaking their bones! In a fight with the new student, Mr. Dai ends up on the ground, beaten and broked up from almost everywhere. It seems like this new guy wants to fight Ichi because supposedly he is the only one that could give him some challenge (remiscent of Kakihara from ICHI THE KILLER).

Credits

Nao Omori ... Ichi
Teah ... Mr. Dai
Kôji Chihara ... Onizame
Chisato Amate ... Satomi
Yuki Oikawa ... Nao
Eiki Kitamura ... Hiromi
Kazuhiro Mashiko ... Hide
Tadanobu Asano ... composer
Naosuke Imaizumi ... Cinematographer