takashi miike

Audition (REVIEW)

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.

Trailer: Takashi Miike's "Zebraman 2"

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. The film, a high-concept sequel to Miike's 2004 superhero comedy "Zebraman", finds the peculiar crime fighter battling an array of dastardly villains on the black-and-white streets of Zebra City. Mark your calendars and plan your vacations accordingly, as "Zebraman 2" is scheduled to invade Japan this May. Insert giddiness here.

Snapshot: "Gozu" (2003)

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. The film, which boasts the tongue-twisting original title "Gokudô kyôfu dai-gekijô: Gozu", was recently released in the US on a 2 disc special edition from Cinema Epoch.

The Great Yokai War (REVIEW)

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.

Miike Tackles Live-Action "Yatterman"

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? His latest film, a live-action adaptation of the popular television series "Yatterman," appears to have been crafted in the same vein as his grossly underrated 2004 superhero comedy "Zebraman," a surprisingly effective feature that proves Miike is capable of more than just shock and awe.

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