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Takashi Miike



A contemporary of such noted film experimentalists as Shinya Tsukamoto (Tetsuo: The Iron Man [1989]), maverick Japanese workhorse director Takashi Miike became one of the most talked about filmmakers in the international festival circuit after taking audiences on kinetically unhinged and frequently disturbing joyrides as Dead or Alive (2000) and Ichi the Killer (2001). Despite the derailed manic energy of the aforementioned films, it was the stark relationship drama turned sadistic nightmare Audition that found the director receiving increasing international exposure. With its quiet menace and decidedly humanized horror, Audition succeeded in pulling the rug from under viewers as it turned the age-old image of the submissive Japanese female on its head with a shocking and nearly unbearable finale that had many horrified viewers shell-shocked. Born in Osaka, Japan, in 1960, Miike's family originally descended from his grandmother's birthplace of Kumamoto, South Kyushu. Due to his family's nomadic moves following World War II (his grandmother was living in Korea when Japan was defeated), Miike spent the majority of his childhood growing up in Osaka. Though youthful dreams of becoming a motorbike racer proved a powerful draw in his early years, the somewhat poor student eventually opted to study filmmaking at the Yokohama Academy of Visual Arts. Founded by noted Japanese filmmaker Shohei Imamura, the school proved a lucrative endeavor that helped Miike to focus his youthful energy into a powerfully creative medium - despite the fact that it took him nearly a decade to graduate. Inspired more by Bruce Lee than Seijun Suzuki, Miike's distinctive style came more as a result of not studying the traditional rules of filmmaking than a conscious attempt to break them. Frequently shooting on budgets that wouldn't cover an American movie set's craft services tab, and often preferring to shoot on 16 mm or digital video as opposed to traditional 35 mm film, Miike's freeform style can find his films taking numerous unexpected turns during production. Miike views himself more as an arranger than an author, and his willingness to let a film develop on its own path and constant encouragement of actors and other crew members to flex their creative muscles has resulted in some of the most dynamic films of the last decade. His refusal to succumb to the traditional temptation to produce a film that will please the masses has also been a key factor in the development of his distinctive style, and further refusal to bend to widely accepted narrative structure has earned him both harsh critics and a fiercely loyal fan base. Though critics have pegged him as a genre filmmaker, Miike is reluctant to accept that distinction and prefers not to categorize his films as it may limit their appeal and impact. Miike's films are also frequently targeted for their excessive and often gratuitous violence, though the director sites that the inherent honesty in that violence is more sincere than what he feels is his contemporaries' romantic misrepresentation of current culture, viewing cinema as an important outlet for such images. Following his directorial debut in 1991, Miike turned out an exhausting 24 films (including two television miniseries) between 1999 and 2002, confirming his status as one of the busiest directors in world cinema. And though Miike may not be a household name, the release of such enticingly quirky and curious efforts as the comedy/musical/horror The Happiness of the Katakuris hints at big things in store for the tireless auteur.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
61% Yakuza Apocalypse
  • Director
2015
43% Over Your Dead Body (Kuime)
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet Kamisama no iu tôri (As the Gods Will)
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet Mogura no uta - sennyû sôsakan: Reiji (The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji)
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet Arukana (Arcana)
  • Director
2013
44% Wara no tate (Shield of Straw)
  • Director
2013
79% Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Ace Attorney
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Lesson of the Evil (Aku no kyôten)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2012
No Score Yet Ai to makoto (The Legend of Love & Sincerity)
  • Director
2012
96% 13 Assassins
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2011
No Score Yet Nintama Rantarô (Ninja Kids!!!)
  • Director
2011
No Score Yet Zebraman 2: Attack On Zebra City (Zeburâman: Zebura Shiti No Gyakushû)
  • Director
2010
No Score Yet Kurôzu zero II (Crows Zero II)
  • Director
2009
No Score Yet Yattâman (Yatterman)
  • Director
2009
56% Sukiyaki Western Django
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2008
No Score Yet God's Puzzle (Kamisama no pazuru)
  • Director
2008
No Score Yet Kurôzu Zero (Crows: Episode 0)
  • Director
2007
57% Zebraman
  • Director
2007
No Score Yet Like a Dragon
  • Director
2007
No Score Yet Detective Story
  • Director
2007
No Score Yet Yakuza: Like A Dragon
  • Director
2007
No Score Yet Taiyô no kizu (Scars of the Sun) (Sun Scarred)
  • Director
2006
No Score Yet Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (46-okunen no koi)
  • Director
2006
61% Hostel
  • Miike Takashi
2006
No Score Yet Masters of Horror
  • Director
2006
84% Three...Extremes (Saam gaang yi)
  • Director
2005
71% The Great Yokai War
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2005
No Score Yet Yasha-ga-ike (Demon Pond)
  • Director
2005
11% Rinjin 13-gô (Neighbor No. 13)
  • Kaneda
2005
90% Last Life in the Universe
  • Yakuza
2004
No Score Yet Izo
  • Director
2004
No Score Yet White Collar Worker Kintaro
  • Director
2004
No Score Yet Andromedia
  • Director
2004
42% One Missed Call
  • Director
2003
No Score Yet Negotiator (Kôshônin)
  • Director
2003
No Score Yet Yakuza Demon
  • Director
2003
71% Gozu
  • Director
2003
No Score Yet Yurusarezaru mono,(The Man in White)
  • Director
2003
40% Dead or Alive: Final
  • Director
2002
No Score Yet Koroshiya 1: The Animation Episode 0
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Deadly Outlaw: Rekka
  • Director
2002
No Score Yet Shin jingi no hakaba (Graveyard of Honor)
  • Actor
  • Director
2002
No Score Yet Sabu
  • Director
2002
56% Visitor Q (Bijitâ Q)
  • Director
2002
No Score Yet Kin'yû hametsu Nippon: Tôgenkyô no hito-bito (Shangri-La)
  • Director
2002
No Score Yet Araburu tamashii-tachi (Agitator) (The Outlaw Souls)
  • Director
2001
64% Koroshiya 1 (Ichi the Killer)
  • Director
2001
54% The City of Lost Souls (Hyôryû-gai)
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet Family 2
  • Director
2001
64% The Happiness of the Katakuris
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet Family
  • Director
2001
100% Fudoh: The New Generation
  • Director
2000
No Score Yet Dead or Alive 2: Birds (Dead or Alive 2: Tôbôsha) (Dead or Alive 2: Runaway)
  • Director
2000
55% Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha
  • Director
1999
No Score Yet Salaryman Kintaro (White Collar Worker Kintaro) (Salaryman Kintaro)
  • Director
1999
No Score Yet Silver
  • Director
1999
No Score Yet Nihon kuroshakai (Ley Lines) (Japan Underworld)
  • Director
1999
No Score Yet The Bird People in China
  • Director
1999
80% Audition (Ôdishon)
  • Director
1999
No Score Yet Kishiwada Shônen Gurentai: Bôkyô (Young Thugs: Nostalgia)
  • Director
1998
No Score Yet Andromedia
  • Director
1998
No Score Yet Blues Harp
  • Director
1998
No Score Yet Full Metal Gokudô (Full Metal Yakuza)
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet Gokudô kuroshakai (Criminal Underworld: Rainy Dog)
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet Kishiwada Shônen Gurentai: Chikemuri Junjô-Hen (Young Thugs: Innocent Blood)
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet The Way to Fight
  • Director
  • Interviewee
1996
No Score Yet Shinjuku Triad Society (Shinjuku kuroshakai: Chaina mafia sensô)
  • Director
1995
No Score Yet Osaka Tough Guys
  • Director
1995
No Score Yet Bodyguard Kiba 2: Combat Apocalypse (Bodigaado Kiba: Shura no mokushiroku 2)
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet Ninja Kids
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Dead or Alive
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Arthouse Ultramen (Urutoraman Makkusu)
  • Director

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