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For the novel by Pascal de Duve, see Izo (novel).
Directed by Takashi Miike
Produced by Taizô Fukumaki
Fujio Matsushima
Written by Shigenori Takechi
Starring Kazuya Nakayama
Takeshi Kitano
Bob Sapp
Release dates
21 August 2004 (Japan)
Running time
128 min.
Language Japanese

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 countless characters he encounters on his journey include for instance Takeshi Kitano and Bob Sapp.



Izo was awarded the best Special Effects prize at the Catalonian International Film Festival.[1]

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  1. ^ "Izo". cultflicks.net. Retrieved 2008-09-16.