Ryo Amamiya, Arguably Miike’s best serious yakuza film, the easiest way to quickly describe this one is as a Takashi Miike version of a Takeshi Kitano gangster film, especially his recent Outrage titles, which this movie pre-dates by nearly a decade. A family moves to the country to run a rustic mountain inn when, to their horror, the customers begin befalling sudden and unlikely fates. Shôta Sometani, R Takashi Miike Takashi Miike Sei Hiraizumi, Keiko Matsuzaka, Stars: 7,406 141 min
Takashi Miike Beautifully shot and featuring rich performances from the entire cast, Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is a deeply meditative and humanistic film, two adjectives which are not commonly associated with Miike’s works. Jun Kunimura, Not Rated
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Amidst a Chinese and Japanese mafia war, a lawyer for the Chinese mob finds a rift forming between him and his corrupt police office brother. A young boy is chosen as the defender of good and must team up with Japan's ancient spirits and creatures of lore to destroy the forces of evil. A Japanese assassin stranded in Taiwan must take work from a local crime boss to make ends meet when suddenly a woman from his past delivers a son to him. Narimi Arimori, Action, Thriller. | Stars: Takashi Miike Richard Chen, 96 min IMDB User Review Score: 90. Although it certainly qualifies as bizarre and does have its share of grotesque and gross moments, the film is a very light-hearted affair and does not compare to some of the more twisted and violent works of Miike, which we will get to shortly. But overlooking those deficiencies, “Imprint” (which was written by Shohei Imamura’s son Daisuke Tengan, also responsible for “Audition” and “13 Assassins”) is one of Miike’s best and most disturbing works, a deliberately anachronistic period tale bursting with theatrical colors, Grand Guignol violence and a carnival sideshow aesthetic. 112 min Committing suicide is considered the honourable thing to do under these dire circumstances. That being said, there’s no doubt that Miike’s greatest defining feature and the one he has gained worldwide notoriety for is his gift for “extreme” cinema and this list will certainly have its fair share of those films but not be limited to them. Takashi Miike was born in the small town of Yao on the outskirts of Osaka, Japan. Hayato Ichihara, Votes: I decided to stick to a top ten but if you’re interested in seeing more of Miike’s work, Dead or Alive 2: The Birds, Zebraman, Deadly Outlaw Rekka, Gozu, Sukiyaki Western Django (featuring a cameo by Quentin Tarantino) and his segment in Three…Extremes also should be sought out. It’s probably safe to say you have never seen anything like this and more than likely you never will again. Ken'ichi Endô, 99 min Two brothers in a very small branch of the Japanese crime syndicate must make a hard choice when their loyalties are stretched in too many directions. | Rumored to be invincible, the truth is he is a vampire-a bloodsucking yakuza vampire boss! Takashi Miike Accompanying him is Ujiie, a member of the yakuza, who needs to ensure that his triad gets their share, and a guide by the name of Shun, who needs to escort them through the remote and unknown landscape. | | Takehiro Hira, Rotten Tomatoes Users: 56.
Banned in many countries and censored in most others, “Ichi” might be difficult for many viewers to watch, but it’s one of the director’s best-known, and most accomplished films. Stars: | Horror, A star, Miyuki Goto (Ko Shibasaki) plays Oiwa, the protagonist in a new play based on the ghost story Yotsuya Kaidan. Interviews with leading film and TV creators about their process and craft. | Shôhei Hino, Takashi Miike Takashi Miike | Crime, Drama, Mystery. V-Cinema productions are churned out quickly as there are little funds available and Miike has seemingly never slowed down, even when he quit making direct-to-video titles. Action, Comedy, Crime.
Takashi Miike They then stumble upon an ancient village where the locals believe that men once could fly and a woman in the village is in fact still trying to teach the villagers to do so by strapping them into bamboo and paper made wings. Among... See full summary », Director: An inexperienced gangster is killed alongside his strong, respected boss and awakens to find a mad scientist has given him a new body made partly of his boss and partly of indestructible bionics. 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 achieving. Zebraman awakens fifteen years in the future, unclear on what has happened to him, and quickly discovers that the evil Zebra Queen has a hold on Tokyo.
Stars: Takayuki Yamada, Not Rated Ryûhei Matsuda, Hell, the man has even directed movies for kids and for every sick and twisted title he has made, there seems to be another movie to counterbalance it. Horror, Thriller.
Here's the list of my Takashi Miike views from best to worst (in my opinion).
The film tells the story of Japanese businessman Wada, who is sent to the Yunnan province in China to assess an untapped vein of high-quality jade. Taste of Cinema 2019. Just when critics and audiences thought they had Miike pinned down as an extreme genre stylist, he dodged their expectations with this family musical comedy, albeit one about a family that’s hiding a stash of buried corpses near their mountainside inn! Stars: Takashi Miike The film follows a hitman called Yuuji (Shô Aikawa, a Miike regular) who has been fired from his yakuza syndicate in Japan and has been left stranded in Taipei. Mickey Curtis, $0.15M, R Seemingly pulling off the impossible, Miike displays nothing but restraint in his remake of Hara-Kiri and proves once and for all that there might be a lot more to the director than most would have ever suspected. So it’s in this spirit of forgiveness that one should take issue with the promotional copy associated with the release of one of his latest films in the U.S., the big-budget star vehicle “Blade of the Immortal” (based on a popular manga by Hiroaki Samura), which heralds it as the director’s “100th film.” Alas, it’s neither his 100th work as a director, nor his 100th feature film, but for the sake of argument let’s say that the actual number is somewhere in that ballpark. Takashi Miike
| Many viewers who caught “Audition” during its original U.S. theatrical run probably felt the same, with bewildered walkouts and sick audience members a common occurrence. Takashi Miike Action, Comedy, Crime. | | Takashi Miike |
The disturbed gang leader targets Katayama’s family, and the grieving father soon sets out to settle the score, despite law enforcement and public opinion being against him. | Animation, Crime. Kiyohiko Shibukawa, 100 min Marie Jinno, R 11,084 Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Riki Takeuchi,
Kimika Yoshino, Ryo Ishibashi, Atsuro Watabe, Takeshi Caesar, | Takashi Miike 128 min And it’s no coincidence that Miike had a cameo appearance in Eli Roth’s Hostel as one of the people leaving the building where the rich get to torture people whilst stating: “Be careful, you could spend all your money in there”. Action, Comedy, Crime. Hitoshi Ozawa, Votes: Seiji Chihara, Yoshiyuki Daichi,
It’s arguably Miike’s first more accomplished work, greatly improving on the first segment in the trilogy and in fact on all films he did before 1997. 129 min “Young Thugs: Nostalgia” is the director’s self-confessed favorite within his filmography, and Miike inserted many personal components into the story, itself taken from a series of autobiographical novels by Riichi Nakaba. Yoshiyuki Omori, R | | Kanako Enomoto, 129 min Takashi Miike 131 min Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Their encounter will change them forever. | But when Yuuji kills the brother of a powerful yakuza and takes off with a suitcase full of money he finds on the scene, the trio all become targets as a bounty is offered for Yuuji and there isn’t anyone in town they can trust. Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi. | This magical village has a profound impact on the city slickers and they start to free themselves from their modern trappings and dream of a new kind of life. Made at the beginning of Miike’s transition from minor domestic director of video projects to major international filmmaker, both of these movies were also shot outside Japan, in Taiwan and rural China, respectively. Slow, deliberate and even strangely moving, the film is in no way the over-the-top craziness that the director is usually associated with. Takashi Miike
Takashi Miike, Director: Koroshiya 1. Miike carefully guides the viewer on his ride into fantasy, and his protagonist, as unhappy with his situation as Yuji was in “Rainy Dog,” is ultimately redeemed by his connection with the village children and a literal flight of fancy. Kyoko Fukada, Takashi Miike Kai Atô,
And as Kageyu thinks Hanshiro might be trying to do just that, he tells him the story of a young samurai who recently was forced to go through with the suicide using a blunt bamboo blade in Kageyu’s courtyard. In fact, it’s a remake of a true masterpiece of Japanese cinema, 1962’s Harakiri by Masaki Kobayashi. R Based on the manga series by Hiroaki Samura. Hana Sugisaki, 129 min Takashi Miike Kaori Momoi, Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, In an attempt to colonize Mars, 21st century scientists seed the planet with algae to absorb sun light and purify the atmosphere, and cockroaches who in turn spread the algae as they feed. A dark brooding film filled with melancholy and set in seedy and seemingly always raining Taipei, Rainy Dog is again not the typical film many people might expect from Miike.
Kendô Kobayashi, 18 Shih Chang, 100 min
Though barely released outside of Japan, it remains one of Miike’s most well-constructed dramas.
For all those who aren’t familiar with the works of the extremely prolific Japanese director yet, it will be very touch-and-go as plenty of his work is best described as varying from “extreme” to “bizarre” and certainly not to everyone’s taste. Tamaki Kenmochi, 98 min Director: And as if that wasn’t trouble enough, there’s a murderer about, the daughter’s ex-lover con-man boyfriend turns up unannounced whilst the daughter also falls in love with a U.S. Comedy, Drama, Director: Director: | Ken'ichi Endô, | Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, | Michiko Hada, Not Rated When he discovers the willowy Asami (the iconic Eihi Shiina), an ex-ballet dancer with a mysterious and tragic personal history, he falls for her immediately. Stars: A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. Ko Shibasaki,
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