Films By Takashi Miike

"[Director] Takashi Miike is in top, slashtastic form." - Variety ... Kinetic Japanese director Takashi Miike (Audition, MIFF 2000, Sukiyaki Western Django, MIFF 2007) returns with an homage to his legendary compatriot Akira Kurosawa. ... In 19th century Japan, a time of peace is threatened by the rise of a sadistic, murderous young lord. Brother to the Shogun, the lord is politically protected - ... Read more
An exhilarating courtroom adventure from cult director Takashi Miike. ... This big-budget film reflects the lighter side of the versatile Miike, whose recent films have run the gamut from samurai epic 13 Assassins (MIFF 11) to spaghetti western homage Sukiyaki Western Django (MIFF 07), via anime-inspired comedy Yatterman and family-friendly Ninja Kids!!!. ... Based on the hugely popular Nintendo s... Read more
"Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumes in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training. On the day of the audition, she's the last person they see. Aoyama is hooked. After a dinner date Aoyama calls Asami. She's alone in her darkened room—alone, tha... Read more
“Homoerotic prison life acts as an inscrutable metaphor for what's wrong with modern Japan.” - Variety ... Jun leads an isolated life working in a gay bar but after being brutalised by a customer who picks him up, Jun goes into a frenzy and kills him. This single violent act leads Jun to a prison where he meets Shin, an equally violent young man who takes him under his wing before another brutal m... Read more
Samurai, swords and Takashi Miike – Japan's prolifically outrageous director celebrates his 100th feature with the tale of an immortal swordsman looking to reclaim his soul. ... Manji (Japanese screen and music superstar Takuya Kimura) is a samurai who has been cursed with immortality. No matter what violence is meted out onto his body – being skewed by swords, limbs being lopped off – the magic o... Read more
“Takashi Miike['s]... deliriously daft romantic epic unfolds with a mixture of dynamic gang rumbles, sadistic slapstick violence and showstopping high camp musical numbers that would not seem out of place at a Eurovision gathering.” - Screen Daily ... After many years, high school student Ai reconnects with bad boy Makoto, to whom she gave a scar when they were both children. Feeling responsible f... Read more
Yokai / n. pl. Bizarre-looking monsters and supernatural beings from Japanese folklore who like to play tricks on unsuspecting humans. Eight-year-old Tadashi, a meek schoolboy from a broken family, finds himself leading an epic quest when he is chosen as the next Kirin Rider at an annual festival and the previously invisible world of the Yokai reveals itself to him. Gleefully stealing from cult fa... Read more
The unfailingly prolific Takashi Miike returns with this magnificently acted retelling of Masaki Kobayashi's 1962 masterpiece Harakiri. ... Set in feudal Japan during a long stint of peace, Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is the story of impoverished ronin Hanshiro, played with passionate intensity by well-known Kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa. The peace has left most samurai out of work and Hanshiro's ... Read more
Takashi Miike – Japan's undisputed master of mayhem – makes his triumphant return to the blood-strewn savagery that made his name. ... In an unassuming Japanese high school, young, good-looking Mr Hasumi is everything a teacher should be: popular with staff and students; kind, talented, sympathetic; highly deranged. Obviously the stage is set for the kind of gleeful all-out massacre that only Taka... Read more
“Tighten your saddlebags, load your revolvers, pack your chopsticks and join [Takashi] Miike for an outrageous wagon ride into the wild, wild East.” - Toronto International Film FestivalIn is his first English language film the enfant terrible of Japanese cinema, Takashi Miike, (The Great Yokai War and Big Bang Love: Juvenile A, MIFF 06) channels the spirit of Akira Kurasawa, Sergio Leone and Serg... Read more
Contrasling images of flight—primeval, mystical, hi-tech—set the tone for a remarkable journey backwards in time to the most distant part of China. Yunnan is frozen in time, a place so culturally isolated that the old­est person there has never even heard of Chairman Mao. Untouched by modernity it is a place where magic and myth are as natural as the spectacular beauty of its set­ting. In this pla... Read more
Cult director Takashi Miike returns with the further adventures of undercover Agent Reiji! ... Reiji is Japan's most incompetent police cadet, tasked with going undercover to infiltrate the nation's biggest yakuza clan. His dorkiness has endeared him to his criminal bosses, and he is welcomed into the mob so keenly that the police suspect he may have been turned. But Reiji still believes in justic... Read more
"Takashi Miike hits a home run with an irresistible cops and yakuza romp ... Two hours of pure energy." – Hollywood Reporter ... Takashi Miike (Ace Attorney, MIFF 2012; 13 Assassins, MIFF 2011), the impeccably prolific, unclassifiable bad boy of Japanese cinema, returns with The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, a gaudy, glittering and very, very weird live-action adaptation of Noboru Takahashi's... Read more
"Demented brilliance … just about the best fun you can have in a cinema." – The Telegraph ... Kamiura, a hero-worshipped Yakuza boss, is seemingly un-killable. It turns out he's a vampire, and not immune to death if it's delivered via a corkscrew-style beheading. Before he dies, however, he bites his trusted underling Kageyama, who vows vengeance on his beloved boss' killer. From here, things get ... Read more
"A serious dash of Miike weirdness... One of the most memorable closing shots ever." - Twitch Film ... In 2004, MIFF favourite Takashi Miike (see 13 Assassins, also in this year's program) directed a deranged superhero parody about a geeky teacher who dons striped tights to crush crime as Zebraman. ... Unconscious for many years, Zebraman awakens in 2025 to find Tokyo in the grip of a totalitarian... Read more
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