Takashi Miike

Takashi Miike

Highest Rated: 100% Fudoh: The New Generation (1996)

Lowest Rated: 11% The Neighbor No. Thirteen (2005)

Birthday: Aug 24, 1960

Birthplace: Yao, Japan

If Takashi Miike had his way, his biography would be rife with violence that would make the reader squeamish and depictions of the world that would raise questions about the potential goodness of man. The Japanese filmmaker made a living depicting unsettling images of ultra violence on film, whether through theatrical movies or direct-to-video V-Cinema productions. While he occasionally broke that mold in other genres, Miike's work focused on violence and sexual perversions, all presented in an over-the-top manner equally unsettling and cartoonish. Born in Osaka, Japan, Miike grew up in the '60s and '70s, mostly dreaming of racing motorbikes instead of filmmaking. When he was ready to head off to university, he settled on attending the Yokohama Vocational School of Broadcast and Film, primarily because there wasn't an entrance exam. He found himself making use of his time under the tutelage of celebrated Japanese filmmaker Shohei Imamura. It took him quite a while, as he continued to rebel and skip classes far too often, but after his tenure at Yokohama, he moved onto creating direct-to-video films in the 1990s that were a part of the V-Cinema craze. V-Cinema were known for allowing filmmakers more freedom, which let Miike let his hair down and hone his controversial skill and talent for off-color and risky content such as "A Human Murder Weapon" (1992) and "Bodyguard Kiba" (1993). After about a dozen direct-to-video productions over a span of four years, Miike made his theatrical debut with "Shinjuku Triad Society" (1995), which helped Miike put his stamp on the world of film, as his debut featured extreme violence and just an overall level of weirdness that no one else was really doing at the time. "Shinjuku Triad Society" was the start of his Black Triad trilogy, a series of films that all involved the yakuza and Triads. He continued to work in the V-Cinema space over the next few years, as he finished off his Black Triad trilogy with "Rainy Dog" (1997) and "Ley Lines" (1999). He expanded his international profile with two more films, including the psychological horror movie "Audition" (1999) that was known for the high amount of audience walk-outs during its showcase at numerous film festivals. His next trilogy drew more attention when it kicked off with "Dead or Alive" (1999), which garnered a United States release. Once again, he focused on the Triads and yakuza in an ultra-violent affair, drawing ire at film festivals. The final part of his own unlabelled trilogy of audience walk-outs, Miike adapted the manga "Ichi the Killer" (2001) into a highly controversial and extremely violent film. The movie was outright rejected by many ratings boards, and once again, was widely derided at film festivals for its extreme content. While his star was cast as an overly violent auteur, Miike made more than just offensive, violent films. He regularly dove into other genres, such as the light-hearted drama "Salaryman Kintaro" (1999) or the kids movies "Zebraman" (2004) and "The Great Yokai War" (2005). He continued to seemingly alternate between family-friendly content and his more renowned violence on a whim. The samurai epics "Thirteen Assassins" (2010) and "Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai" (2011) were two of his acclaimed works during this period. But even with the more adult content of those two films, he still had a hand in the world of more light-hearted anime and children's films, creating "Yatterman" (2009), "Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City" (2010), and even the video game adaptation "Ace Attorney" (2012).


Highest Rated Movies



97% 88% First Love Director $218.3K 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laplace's Witch Director - 2018
86% 69% Blade of the Immortal Director $149.2K 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable - Chapter 1 Director - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mole Song: Hong Kong Capriccio Director - 2016
No Score Yet 20% Terra Formars Director - 2016
61% 39% Yakuza Apocalypse Director - 2015
56% 41% Over Your Dead Body Director - 2014
57% 53% As the Gods Will Director - 2014
No Score Yet 48% The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji Director - 2013
No Score Yet 58% Lesson of the Evil Director,
- 2012
No Score Yet 66% Ace Attorney Director - 2012
No Score Yet 73% Ninja Kids! Director - 2011
76% 75% Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Director $60.2K 2011
95% 88% 13 Assassins Director $802.5K 2010
No Score Yet 29% Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City Director - 2010
No Score Yet 50% Yatterman Director - 2009
No Score Yet 77% Crows Zero II Director - 2009
No Score Yet 54% Detective Story Director - 2007
No Score Yet 49% Like a Dragon Director - 2007
No Score Yet 78% Crows: Episode 0 Director - 2007
56% 57% Sukiyaki Western Django Director,
$48K 2007
No Score Yet 92% Demon Pond Director - 2005
71% 68% The Great Yokai War Director - 2005
No Score Yet 51% Three ... Extremes Director $75.8K 2005
11% 58% The Neighbor No. Thirteen Kaneda (Character) - 2005
57% 68% Zebraman Director - 2004
33% 56% Izo Director - 2004
44% 63% One Missed Call Director - 2004
90% 90% Last Life in the Universe Yakuza (Character) $31.7K 2003
72% 80% Gozu Director $54.4K 2003
No Score Yet 71% Yakuza Demon Director - 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shangri-La Director - 2002
No Score Yet 71% Deadly Outlaw: Rekka Director - 2002
No Score Yet 76% Graveyard of Honor Director - 2002
42% 40% Dead or Alive: Final Director $1.8K 2002
67% 82% The Happiness of the Katakuris Director - 2001
65% 82% Ichi the Killer Director - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Guys From Paradise Director - 2001
60% 72% Visitor Q Director - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Agitator Shinozaki (Character),
- 2001
No Score Yet 56% Family 2 Director - 2001
54% 48% The City of Lost Souls Director - 2000
No Score Yet 71% Dead or Alive 2: Birds Director - 2000
55% 74% Dead or Alive Director $3.8K 1999
No Score Yet 100% Salaryman Kintar? Director - 1999
No Score Yet 0% Silver Director - 1999
82% 80% Audition Director $110.8K 1999
No Score Yet 71% Ley Lines Director - 1999
No Score Yet 85% The Bird People in China Director - 1998
No Score Yet 20% Andromedia Director - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rainy Dog Director - 1997
100% 74% Fudoh: The New Generation Director - 1996
No Score Yet 30% Bodyguard Kiba 2: Apocalypse of Carnage Director - 1995
No Score Yet 70% Shinjuku Triad Society Director - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bodyguard Kiba Director - 1993


63% 89% Masters of Horror Director 2006


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