In Takashi Miike’s ultra-violent yakuza thriller, Tabanobu Asana stars as Kakihara a yakuza enforcer who is looking for his boss’s killer. Along the way he hangs a guy on hooks and pours hot oil on him, cuts out his own tongue, breaks a woman’s fingers, pulls a guy’s face like silly putty, cuts off a woman’s nipples, eats a guy’s hand, and sticks needles in his own ears. The real villain is an ex cop who is trying to wipe out the yakuza clans. He uses post hypnotic suggestion on a childlike man named Ichi and orders him to kill the yakuza. Ichi dresses in an all black rubber suit with a yellow “I” down the back and uses razor lined boots to slice through his victims. He even splits one guy completely down the middle! Like a lot of Miike’s work, the story and characters aren’t as interesting as the blood and gore. Followed by a prequel.