takashi miike

If a frog-man takes off his mask to reveal another frog mask, does anyone understand it? Yakuza Apocalypse.

It’s pretty bizarre to me that, as notorious as the film “Audition” is, I’d somehow I’d made it this long without either watching it or even so much as hearing any of the specifics of the movie. In fact the only thing I’d really known about this movie is that it was one of the films that helped inspire “Hostel,” thereby helping to launch the “torture-porn” craze in horror here in the States.

Do you know what makes me happy? Takashi Miike. Do you know what makes me even happier? The impossibly awesome trailer for "Zebraman 2", which is all sorts of badass.

This still from Japanese shock-master Takashi Miike's "Gozu", proves that he rivals the best when it comes to creating images that illicit WTF's from viewers.

At first glance, the charming 2005 child-like Japanese fantasy flick “The Great Yokai War” (aka “The Great Spook War”) doesn't seem like a Takashi Miike film. Nary a painful nipple piercing, arterial spray, or cocky yakuza thug with a closet full of depraved sexual perversions can be found anywhere throughout the picture.

These days, it would appear that maverick Japanese director Takashi Miike's cinematic output is geared more towards the mainstream. And, really, who could blame him? The man has worked exceptionally hard to achieve the cult status he's attained, so why not put it to good use?