Category Archives: Takashi Miike

Director Spotlight: The Great Yokai War

It’s strange to think that Takashi Miike, the same Takashi Miike who directed Ichi the Killer, made The Great Yokai War,  this semi-family friendly film.  It’s the equivalent of Robert Rodriguez doing Planet Terror and then Shorts.  Or even Machete and the next Spy Kids movie. While I always encourage directors to explore the many facets of film making (or at least would if they ever listened to me), it always astounds me to see directors working on opposite sides of the spectrum, successfully. Read the rest of this entry


Director Spotlight: Audition

“Kiri kiri kiri kiri kiri…!”

Before I begin, let me just say that much of the enjoyment (if “enjoyment” is the right word when talking about this movie) of watching Audition comes from surprise, from the movie’s many shifts and turns and turnaround-agains. If you’ve never seen the movie but plan to, I say just go ahead and watch it. You were going to anyway. I claim no responsibility. If, however, you’re reading this because you simply want to know if the movie is worth your time, I will say yes, it is, but with the very strong proviso that this movie is…shall we say…not for everyone.

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Director Spotlight: 13 Assassins

13 Assassins is director Takashi Miike’s latest movie from Japan. It’s quite a refreshing movie from him. Miike (Audition, Ichi The Killer) is known for bizarre Japanese movies filled with buckets of gore and blood-spraying stumps. Not this time. I was pleasantly surprised by what has to be, for me at least, the best movie I’ve seen in 2011.

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Director Spotlight: Crows Zero

Welcome to Suzuran High School, the “School Of Crows”. It’s the toughest school in Japan. It’s a high school where junior gangsters beat each other up for bragging rights every day. The different classes and grades all have their factions, personalities and leaders. All hate each other and are constantly at each other’s throats. Today is the first day of school. The new kid in town has a lot to prove. His name is Genji. He’s a first year freshman. Genji is fresh meat for the gangs already at Suzuran. His father was a Yakuza gangster who never made it to the top of Suzuran. Genji’s not his father, though. Genji makes it his mission to take over the school and make it at Suzuran as “the king of the hill”.

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