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Ichi the Killer: Episode 0 (2002)

Koroshiya 1: The Animation Episode 0 (original title)
A masochistic mobster meets his match in the dark streets of Tokyo. His nemesis, Ichi, is a psychopathic killer with an unrelenting thirst for bloodshed. A horrifying secret burns in his ... See full summary »

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Shinji Ishihira

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Sakichi Sato (script), Tom Wayland (script adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chihiro Suzuki Chihiro Suzuki ... Hajime Shiroishi (voice)
Shinpachi Tsuji Shinpachi Tsuji ... Jijii (voice)
Sayaka Ôhara Sayaka Ôhara ... Midori (voice)
Takashi Miike ... Kakihara (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruce Aarons Bruce Aarons ... Prison Guard (voice)
Shannon Conley ... Mother (voice) (as Holly Bobbit)
Dan Green ... Mr. Shiroishi (voice) (as Jean Masters)
Rebecca Honig ... Midori (voice) (as Rebecca Miriam)
David Moo David Moo ... Hirano (voice)
David Logan Rankin David Logan Rankin ... Tanabe (voice) (as Tristan Goddard)
Michael Sinterniklaas ... Hajime Shiroishi (voice) (as Michael Tremain)
Tom Wayland ... Kaneda (voice)
Buddy Woodward ... Teacher (voice)
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A masochistic mobster meets his match in the dark streets of Tokyo. His nemesis, Ichi, is a psychopathic killer with an unrelenting thirst for bloodshed. A horrifying secret burns in his mind, and his hands deal death without mercy. At last, the shrouds of mystery are parted to reveal the origin of the monster. The city will know its greatest fear at the unveiling of Ichi the Killer.

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Anime at its most extreme.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 September 2002 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ichi the Killer: Episode 0 See more »

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Director of the live-action adaptation, Takashi Miike, stars as the pivotal character Kakihara. See more »

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Only watch it if you've read the manga
19 February 2007 | by maxyg18See all my reviews

Do not be confused because ICHI THE KILLER: THE ANIMATION EPISODE 0 is not the prequel to Takashi Miike's 'live-action' version of Hideo Yamamoto's infamous manga, it is the prequel to Hideo Yamamoto's infamous manga.

It's about Ichi when he was a student in high school and how he was bullied, what he was like when he was with his family and friends and how he became a twisted and sadistic assassin.

This prequel is really cool: good animation, a well-written script and a hardcore soundtrack make this film worth a watch. Although some people may find this film too short or too much like a big music video. Other than that, it's worth watching, but read the comic book before watching it.


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