Ichi the Killer (殺し屋1, Koroshiya Ichi) is a Japanese crime action film that was directed by Takashi Miike and written by Sakichi Sato. It is based on the eponymous manga series by Hideo Yamamoto. The film was released in Japan on December 22, 2001.


In the United Kingdom and Ireland, over three minutes of compulsory cuts were made to mutilated or raped women and sexualised violence made for pleasure to get an 18 certificate from the BBFC.[1] To avoid being banned, this version was imported to New Zealand and got an R18 rating.

The Norwegian DVD was released in 2007 with an 18 rating and uncut. The following year, it was banned due to graphic content.

In Germany, the uncut version was banned for glorification of sexual violence, and a confiscation order by the German federal government was made on May 30, 2008 for violating § 131 StGB. An SPIO/JK version is available. A heavily cut FSK 18 version is available since 2005.

The Hong Kong theatrical and DVD releases were heavily censored (nearly 17 minutes) to get a Category III (persons aged 18 and above only) rating.[1]

It was banned outright in Malaysia.

In the United States, there is a cut R-rated version that is missing 11 minutes of footage.

Where to find it uncensored[]

The Japanese video, the US unrated DVD, and the Australian DVD releases are uncensored.


  • The film is so disturbingly violent it could fit within the horror genre. Reportedly watching this film caused one viewer to throw up and another to faint. In the Toronto International Film Festival screening of the film on September 14, 2001, just after the infamous terrorist attacks, barf bags were handed out to its patrons.