As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.
A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter. Written by
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According to an essay André wrote, Ben's family didn't know anything about the plot of the film. Ben's mother and grandparents thought they were filming raw footage of Ben, and had no idea that the footage was going to be used in a film in which Ben is a serial killer. Ben's mother was shocked to see her son behind bars, when she comes to visit him in prison. See more »
When Ben plays the piano, his hands play out of sync with the
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Mom wasn't a musician! She got hers with a broom!
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I can understand why people have certain problems with Man Bites Dog. Really I can. I just think they're wrong.
Yes it's gruesome. Yes it displays a very warped sense of humour. Yes it sometimes goes to far in trying to repulse and cloud the moral sensibilities of its audience (I'm thinking of the repulsive gang rape/murder scene in particular).
But you either get it or you don't. The makers have not set out to make a movie intended to titilate the viewer, or to satisfy our morbid curiosities concerning serial killers. If that had been their intention they wouldn't have shot the film on cataract-inducing grainy black and white film.
They've made a movie that examines the role of violence in society and more importantly in movies. They've made a purposefully repulsive character that only seeks to prove that old Hollywood moral conundrum - if the protagonist makes us laugh and occupies a large amount of screen time, we, the audience will forgive him no matter what he does.
I'm not really into serial killer movies as a rule - I think most of them fall foul of the criticisms hurled at Man Bites Dog. But I have NEVER seen another film that is anything like this. And I don't think I ever will.
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