Country: Japan - Language: Japanese - Parental Guide: R - Color: Color
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)
“Yes, it hurts!”
What you need to get through this movie
Izo 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)
- A vagina is not a good place to sheath a sword
- Your soulmate will eat your lice
- Rocks + head = death
- If you’re going to be near a crazy killer demon, bring a guitar.
- In Japan, garbage trucks make way for duels.
- Zombies will let you pass, if you ask nicely
- Dog and cats like smelly vagina
- 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.