Ichi The Killer: Episode Zero
Distributor: Central Park Media
The prequel to Takashi Miike's ultraviolent hit ICHI THE KILLER. Behind every madman is a story...the sordid tale of Ichi's beginnings are laid out as he seeks refuge from bullies and a disapproving family. When the only pleasure he can find is in causing pain, Ichi realizes his destructive destiny.
Average Ratings: 25
Number of Review Sites: 6
Number of Review Links: 6
"Only hardcore Miike and Ichi devotees will want to own it, but it's certainly worth a look."
Anime Jump! (Mike Toole) - 2 1/2 stars (out of 5)
"It's a cheap exploitative DVD nasty that is best avoided."
Anime Meta-Review (Andrew Shelton) - burnable
"If you’re the kind of person who would watch the live-action version, or you’re into extremely graphic anime, then you will probably like this one."
Anime News Network (Theron Martin) - C+
"It's violent, it's sexual and it doesn't make any bones about it."
Anime on DVD (Chris Beveridge) - C
"...Ichi The Killer – Episode Zero is marred by a murky and unappealing video transfer."
DVD Talk (Ian Jane) - 3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
"One I have to file next to NINJA RESURRECTION as a property too vile for consumption. "
The Anime Review (Jason Huff) - F