Takashi Miike

Takashi Miike – Kishiwada shônen gurentai: Bôkyô AKA Young Thugs: Nostalgia (1998)

Nostalgia is Takashi Miike’s favorite film of his considerable body of work. Including biographical elements, Nostalgia centers around the home and school of a young boy, whose family mix the violent and dysfunctional with the comic and the loveable. Though containing elements of the sudden and shocking brutality that many associate with this director, Young Thugs – Nostalgia is more concerned with a child’s moment of leaving the internalized world of fantasy, and passing on eagerly to the next stage of life. A wonderful, touching, startling vision that is uniquely Miike’s. Read More »

Takashi Miike – Nintama Rantarô AKA Ninja Kids!!! (2011)

Rantaro was born into a low class ninja family. His parents hope he can one day become an elite ninja to make his family proud. Rantaro, bearing his parents’ expectations, enters the Ninja Academy. At the academy, he becomes friends with Shinbe (Futa Kimura), the son of a wealthy merchant family and Kirimaru (Roi Hayashi ), who lost his father in the war. The students at the Ninja Academy are called Nintama – which means future ninjas. Rantaro has a fun time at school, but Rantaro, Shinbe and Kirimaru have difficulties with their studies. Read More »

Takashi Miike – Waru (2006)

While it has been reported on several anime news sites that the newest Takashi Miike film is based on the Hashida Yukari “boy’s love” manga, WARU, the live action film is actually based on a popular 70s manga of the same title. Japanese sources clearly credit Hisao Maki’s dramatic action manga, WARU — an edgy action-packed tale of outlaw swordsman Youji Himuro — as the story on which the film is based. Read More »

Takashi Miike – Kaze ni tatsu raion AKA The Lion Standing in the Wind (2015) (HD)

(from Japanese Film Festival)
Lion Standing in the Wind is based on a real story and chronicles the inspirational life of Dr Koichiro Shimada who sets off to Kenya to serve as a medical doctor. In a turn of events, he finds himself stationed in a hospital in Lokichogio in the heart of the Kenyan conflict. Witnessing death and the grim reality of child soldiers rocks him to the core and propels him on a path that he did not expect. He abandons his life in Japan and devotes himself to saving lives in Kenya. Read More »

Takashi Miike – Shin Jingi no Hakaba AKA Graveyard of Honor [+extras] (2002)

In Japan’s underground yakuza society, some men define themselves by honor, others by vengeance… and some are beyond definition – cold-blooded merciless sociopaths. And in this remake of Kinji FUKASAKU’s cult classic, celebrated director Takashi MIIKE redefines the Yakuza movie genre. Based on the real life of an infamous gangster, Graveyard of Honor is the story of Rikuo ISHIMATSU, a lowly dishwasher who unknowingly saves the life of a Yakuza Oyabun and quickly rises to a position of power in his gang. Loyally supporting his Oyabun and his brother gangsters, Ishimatsu wreaks havoc on anyone who stands in their way, inevitably earning himself a trip to the slammer. Read More »

Takashi Miike – Kishiwada shônen gurentai: Chikemuri junjô-hen AKA Young Thugs: Innocent Blood (1997)

A Takashi Miike film that is, to a degree, autobiographical, Young Thugs – Innocent Blood follows three friends through their first year after leaving school. Having robbed their teacher on their last day at school, Ryoko gets a job in a hair salon, while the two boys settle down to a career of enforcement and protection. Read More »

Takashi Miike – Gokudô kyôfu dai-gekijô: Gozu aka Yakuza Horror Theater (2003)

One can certainly wonder why the prolific Takashi Miike is hooked on directing such nutty films. First, lactic effusion, a recurring theme in his cinema (Visitor Q), seems to obsess him, even though that doesn’t explain everything!

Be the judge: a yakuza, at his life’s end, starts to exterminate chihuahuas, convinced that the poor animals have fomented the destruction of his fellow human beings. His paranoiac crises multiply, he becomes a threat for his Organization. His boss orders his execution and charges his most faithful friend to take care of the dirty job. Read More »