What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that many people die in this movie and never by natural causes. Characters are harassed, beaten, and killed, which in turn motivates more deaths. Children are orphaned by thieves, leaving them to fend for themselves through servitude and then prostitution. Addiction to gambling threatens the livelihood of one character, while the lives of all characters are threatened by the gangsters that rule the town. One character commits suicide to prevent a loved one from having to act dishonorably. A male character prefers to dress as a woman.
- Families can talk about the appeal of a character like Ichi, whose inability to see makes him a symbol of justice and of power cloaked in a facade of powerlessness. What might explain the enduring popularity of this character?