Review of Izo

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Year: 2004 - Runtime: 128 minutes - Director: Takashi Miike - Writer(s): Shigenori Takechi
Country: Japan - Language: Japanese - Parental Guide: R - Color: Color

Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆


Izo is a demonic schizophrenic misogynist ronin killing machine with the ability to time travel. Izo is bent on reaching his goal of achieving “divine retribution,” no matter how many people he has to kill in horrible, horrible ways. The blood does not stop in this movie, be it from decapitation or sex. No one is immune from Izo’s wrath – just ask his mother or the garbage men.

Reason to Watch

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to kill everyone (and by everyone I mean everyone)… samurai, vampires, yakuza, your mother, teachers, middle-class businessmen, children, old people, young people, large black men, small asian men, midgets, moms, dads, Satan, and Jesus. Just when massive genocide on humanity is starting to get old, Izo shows us his caring side when he bangs out “Mother Nature” then goes back to killing.

Most memorable quote(s)

“Rawwwlllll, Ahhh!”
“Yes, it hurts!”

What you need to get through this movie

partycasino.comIzo is a pretty gory flick so you may need something to get the thought of all the decapitations off your mind, I would suggest a constant loop of “Louie, Louie”, supplemented with two cups of Canadian orphan tears. If that doesn’t work for you, you may as well visit Party Casino to take your mind off it entirely.


Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival – Best Special effects
Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival – Best Film (Nominated)

Educational Content
  1. A vagina is not a good place to sheath a sword
  2. Your soulmate will eat your lice
  3. Rocks + head = death
  4. If you’re going to be near a crazy killer demon, bring a guitar.
  5. In Japan, garbage trucks make way for duels.
  6. Zombies will let you pass, if you ask nicely
  7. Dog and cats like smelly vagina
  8. Don’t ever fuck with Izo, Ever!
Justification for Rating

As far as avant-garde, bloodbath, time-swapping samurai movies go, I would have to guess that Izo is up there, but with the confusing storyline and massive plot holes, it gets dropped way down. If you are looking for some serious blood-letting without much thought and the typical slasher flick isn’t doing it for you, Izo just might work. It definitely does not hold back on the shock value or violence.


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2 Responses to “Review of Izo”

  1. Greg Says:

    So this is one of the most violent, bloody, horrific movies ever made, and you give it two stars? I don’t understand. That should totally be a five-out-of-five right? I mean the vagina sheath thing is worth two stars by itself!

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  2. Steve Says:

    Yep, almost makes no sense

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