DirectorTakashi Miike Initial DVD releaseNovember 11, 2005 (Spain) Duration LanguageJapanese
WriterShigenori Takechi (screenplay) Release date21 August 2004 (Japan) CastKazuya Nakayama (Okada Izo), Kaori Momoi, Ryuhei Matsuda (Ryuuhei Matsuda), Hiroki Matsukata, Ryôsuke Miki, Masumi Okada Similar moviesThe Devil's Backbone, John Wick, Looper, The Hunting Party, Act of Vengeance, Knock Knock
TaglineThe world never can be changed.
Izo sword fights
IZO is a 2004 Japanese film, directed by Takashi Miike. The main character of the film is Izo Okada (1832–1865), the historical samurai and assassin in 19th century Japan who was tortured and executed by beheading in Tosa.
Izo appeared previously in Hideo Gosha's Hitokiri (1969), then played by Shintaro Katsu. However, Miike's portrayal of the character (or rather his spirit) transcends reality (and time and space) and is more of a surrealist exposé of Izo's exceedingly bloody yet philosophical encounters in an afterlife heavy on symbolism, occasionally interrupted by stock footage of World War II accompanied by acid-folk singer Kazuki Tomokawa on guitar. Kazuya Nakayama plays Izo and the many characters he encounters on his journey include figures played by Takeshi Kitano and Bob Sapp.
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Kazuya Nakayama - Okada Izo
Izo was awarded the best Special Effects prize at the Sitges - Catalan International Film Festival.