Premier Asia announce Ichi The Killer

Premier Asia have released the details on their second DVD release, Takashi Miike's controversial Ichi The Killer. Due for release as a 2-disc set on June 2nd you will find the following features present for the £19.99 retail price.

  • Digitally re-mastered DVD transfer from new wetgate lo-con 35mm print
  • 16:9 Anamorphic version enhanced for widescreen TVs
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio
  • Feature length audio commentary with Asian movie expert Bey Logan, leading lady Alien Sun and producer Eliot Tong
  • Interview with director Takashi Miike
  • Interview with Alien Sun
  • Interview with Tadanobu Asano
  • Interview with Shinya Tsukamoto
  • Original Theatrical trailer
  • UK campaign trailer
  • Behind-the-scenes vignettes
  • E.P.K featuring interview with director Takashi Miike , out-takes and behind-the-scenes footage
  • Photo gallery featuring behind-the-scenes images and campaign artwork
  • Text biographies and filmographies for principle cast members
Unfortunately the BBFC have seen fit to cut 3m 15s for the UK release giving the following reasons...

To obtain this category cuts of 3m 15s were required. The cuts were Compulsory.
Cuts required to scenes of mutilated, raped or savagely beaten women or of sexual pleasure from violence. Cuts required in line with the requirements set out in the BBFC Classification Guidelines

Here is a look at the cover artwork, promotional text from the PR, and details on a readily available uncut release.

One of the most prolific filmmakers living today, having directed over 50 films in the last 11 years, Japanese cult director Takashi Miike finally found international recognition and critical acclaim in 2000 with the worldwide theatrical release of his overwhelmingly oppressive horror-thriller Audition. Regarded by many as an unpredictable genius, he has consistently produced genre-busting exploitation films with an art-house sensibility, courting controversy with each successive release, mainly due to his uncompromising approach to graphic violence and depraved sexuality (quite often occurring in the same scene). Having established his reputation with the likes of Dead Or Alive (1999), The City Of Lost Souls (2000), Visitor Q (2001) and the aforementioned Audition, Takashi Miike pushes the envelope beyond breaking point with ICHI THE KILLER.

Based on Hideo Yamamoto's ultra-violent hit manga comic of the same name, ICHI THE KILLER remains true to its source material every bloody step of the way. When yakuza boss Anjo disappears without warning, along with a prostitute and one hundred million yen, loyal but psychotic, sadomasochistic hitman Kakihara takes it upon himself to lead the search, employing various methods of torture, mutilation and murder as a means to an end. Along the way, he meets sexy club hostess Karen and through her learns of the near-mythic Ichi, an armour clad, razor-booted assassin with incredible martial arts skills and serious emotional and psychological problems. Could Ichi be the one behind the disappearance of Kakihara's boss?

The film boasts a hip and alternative cast of top Japanese talent including the country's answer to Johnny Depp, screen icon Tadanobu Asano (Taboo; Shark Skin Man And Peach Hip Girl), Nao Omori (Demonlover), and cult film directors Hiroyuki Tanaka aka Sabu (Monday) and Shinya Tsukamoto (Tetsuo). It also stars one of Hong Kong's finest actresses, former Miss Singapore and Hong Kong Film Awards nominee Alien Sun (Island Of Greed; In The Mood For Love).

ICHI THE KILLER is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and graphically violent films ever to see the light of day, featuring countless scenes of explicit carnage and sadomasochistic torture laced with a deep vein of the blackest humour. Viewing it is akin to riding a rollercoaster, as the barrage of breathtaking and stomach-turning set pieces builds to the point where watching it actually becomes pleasurable, albeit a guilty pleasure. It is not too surprising to learn that the organisers of the Toronto International Film Festival felt the need to issue sick bags to those attending a screening of the film when it made its Canadian debut in 2001. Takashi Miike's stylised direction and cool handling of the comedic elements help raise ICHI THE KILLER beyond the level of most "exploitation" gore-fests.

ICHI THE KILLER is guaranteed to amaze, stun, shock and delight in equal measure.

Of course those of you who keep on top of Asian movie releases will know that there is already a 2-disc release available in Holland via Dutch Filmworks who publish HKL releases for the local market. This 2-disc edition is fully uncut and offers the same content as this forthcoming UK release with the exception of the Bey Logan audio commentary.

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