Regarding my post the other day about ICHI THE KILLER and the ending….
Had a discussion with a friend of mine last night and here’s what I think….After a series of mini-climaxes that are more bloody and shocking that the ones before it, the ending seems anti-climatic and actually I would say surreal.
That is because I believe the ending is that Kakihara and Ichi are in fact the SAME PERSON….Think about it…They don’t meet until the end and then after Kakihara is kicked in the head and falls to his death, Ichi no longer appears at all….Then when Jiji finds Kakihara’s body there are no marks on his forehead despite us seeing a huge bleeding cut created when Ichi slashed him
This means that Kakihara chose death as an act of free will and also accounts for the last scene in the film when we see Jiiji has hanged himself from a tree as school kids walk past….In the final moments, his creation Kakihara/Ichi chose death and freedom over further control.
Ichi was shown to be created through brainwashing and the implantation of false memories….Why couldn’t Ichi himself be created this way and in fact be a different personality of Kakihara who is already psychopathic and sadomasochistic?
Of course, then the scenes between Ichi and the bodyguard whose son he saved from bullies comes up but I don’t see why that couldn’t also be fantasy at least the part where he takes him out eat after Ichi gets thrown out of the strip club.
The scene where Kakihara deafens himself with needles at the end is his recognition of what is real and is that point Ichi attacks him....
Food for thought….Interested in any other ICHI fans’ thoughts.