The surviving son vows to avenge his brother's death, and organizes his own gang of teenage killers to destroy his father's organization. 130 min Keiko Matsuzaka, Takashi Miike Takashi Miike Shô Aoyagi, Mayu Matsuoka, Yet despite its superficial unpleasantness, “Visitor Q” features a plentiful amount of black humor, like “Katakuris,” and is also ultimately a story of redemption for the family in question. Made at the beginning of Miike’s transition from minor domestic director of video projects to major international filmmaker, both of these movies were also shot outside Japan, in Taiwan and rural China, respectively. Tamaki Kenmochi, Genta Dairaku, Takashi Miike - Best to Worst by unwantedaddress | created - 23 Apr 2014 | updated - 10 Apr 2019 | Public One of the most unpredictable directors in that he seems to make a little bit of everything, and can go from mainstream to utterly bizarre at the drop of a hat. Not as explicit as many of the director’s more infamous works, Rainy Dog still packs a punch, albeit in a far more grimey and depressing manner. Rumored to be invincible, the truth is he is a vampire-a bloodsucking yakuza vampire boss! Adapted from a popular manga, “Fudoh” marries the yakuza world, a milieu in which most of the director’s previous films had been set, with high school teenagers to create the kind of riotous mix of violence, hormonal overload and jaw-dropping setpieces which would soon become a hallmark of Miike’s over-the-top style. | | | Seemingly pulling off the impossible, Miike displays nothing but restraint in his remake of Hara-Kiri and proves once and for all that there might be a lot more to the director than most would have ever suspected. If you hadn’t gathered it from the plot synopsis above, The Happiness of the Katakuris is a one of a kind and extremely silly movie. IMDB User Review Score: 90. Kôji Yakusho, Director: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, A family moves to the country to run a rustic mountain inn when, to their horror, the customers begin befalling sudden and unlikely fates. | And as if that wasn’t trouble enough, there’s a murderer about, the daughter’s ex-lover con-man boyfriend turns up unannounced whilst the daughter also falls in love with a U.S. Stars: Masanobu Andô, Votes: “Young Thugs: Nostalgia” is the director’s self-confessed favorite within his filmography, and Miike inserted many personal components into the story, itself taken from a series of autobiographical novels by Riichi Nakaba. Moeko Ezawa, 102 min | Not only is this film one of the director’s most lyrical works, it also distinguishes itself by its original setting, especially as Japanese films set in China are not all that common. 113 min Based on a novel that reflected the demise of Japan’s bubble economy and its consequent effects on ordinary people’s lives, “Shangri-la” shows Miike at his most heartwarming and positive, but without an ounce of syrupy sentimentality, channeling the lighthearted social comedies of Juzo Itami (“Tampopo”) in an original and entertaining way. Action, Drama. Secondly, it explains the often extreme or plain insane subject matter of many of his movies, as he could more or less do whatever he felt like in V-Cinema since controversy sells and there were little restrictions in regards to censorship. $0.80M, Not Rated Riki Takeuchi, Ebizô Ichikawa, Action, Comedy, Crime. To keep afloat he starts doing one-off jobs for a local gangster but he finds his life further complicated when an ex-lover suddenly shows up with what turns out to be his mute son. Action, Thriller. But they are destined to meet. | Arguably Miike’s best serious yakuza film, the easiest way to quickly describe this one is as a Takashi Miike version of a Takeshi Kitano gangster film, especially his recent Outrage titles, which this movie pre-dates by nearly a decade. Ren Osugi, 12 Crime, Drama, Horror. Director: It’s arguably Miike’s first more accomplished work, greatly improving on the first segment in the trilogy and in fact on all films he did before 1997. Adventure, Family, Fantasy. 110 min Yûki Nagata, | Replicating the original film’s massive finale — a 40-minute nonstop battle royale of mud and slaughter — Miike upped the ante in his own unique way by throwing in rainstorms of blood and flaming cattle. Although it certainly qualifies as bizarre and does have its share of grotesque and gross moments, the film is a very light-hearted affair and does not compare to some of the more twisted and violent works of Miike, which we will get to shortly. | Takashi Miike Takashi Miike, Director: Koroshiya 1. Mickey Curtis, Kyôsuke Yabe, Sandwiched between Aikawa’s work in Miike’s “Zebraman” films, it’s a quiet, disturbing story of violence and loss, and an overlooked gem which serves as a flip-side to some of Miike’s more fanciful depictions of mayhem. | Takashi Miike Audition 1999, 115 min. Takashi Miike | Gross: When he discovers the willowy Asami (the iconic Eihi Shiina), an ex-ballet dancer with a mysterious and tragic personal history, he falls for her immediately. Stars: Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi. Possibly the most insane entry on this list and even Miike’s entire career, The Happiness of the Katakuris is a truly surreal piece of work which features black humour, musical and dance sequences, claymation, a sing-along karaoke scene, dream sequences and a few zombies for good measure. Kane Kosugi, The ace cop of a totalitarian police force and a drifting android play their parts in a post-apocalyptic society. They then stumble upon an ancient village where the locals believe that men once could fly and a woman in the village is in fact still trying to teach the villagers to do so by strapping them into bamboo and paper made wings. Honorable mention: If it had been made in Japanese, “Imprint” (2006), an hour-long episode of Showtime’s “Masters of Horror” series which was famously banned from the network after Miike had been given carte-blanche to create something as extreme as he could manage, would certainly also have made this list. With a perfect 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Miike's 2000 film Fudoh: The New Generation gives us a glimpse into the… This probably explains Miike’s distinguishing features as a director. 89 ) Silver. | Michiko Hada, Not Rated He does so by sending an assassin to take out the leader of the Yokomizu family but fails to foresee that one of the young gangleaders in the family, Higuchi, will never bow down to him and that the young yakuza and his allies might in fact have far more honour and loyality than he at first had imagined. $0.08M, 12 Takeshi Caesar, | Gross: Stars: Horror, Thriller. Comedy, Drama, Director: Director: | Richard Chen, All rights reserved. Unfortunately this just causes the bodies to turn into zombies. A nameless gunfighter arrives in a town ripped apart by rival gangs and, though courted by both to join, chooses his own path. 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A fitting tribute to a director who has come up with some of the most twisted films to come out of Japan. Shot on DV for a miniscule budget, “Visitor Q” took the idea behind Pasolini’s “Teorema” — a mysterious stranger invades a bourgeois household — to its most perverted extreme, and further cemented Miike’s reputation as a cinematic provocateur, with violence, prostitution, drug addiction, necrophilia, and all manners of kinky behavior depicted onscreen. Action, Sci-Fi. Yûta Sone, While his star was cast as an overly violent auteur, Miike made more than just offensive, … | | Naoto Takenaka, | Director: But often it is just a bluff and a cry for sympathy, as many samurai are given alms by the wealthy people whose courtyards they request to perform their ritual seppuku in and then simply go on their way. | | | Privacy Policy (http://www.tasteofcinema.com/privacy-notice-and-cookies/) Theme by, Taste of Cinema - Movie Reviews and Classic Movie Lists, 10 Essential Takashi Miike Films You Might Want To Watch, Taste of Cinema – Movie Reviews and Classic Movie Lists, 10 Reasons Why You Should See ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’. What he doesn’t realise is that Hanshiro is well aware of this fact and that his motive for coming to Kageyu’s mansion is not monetary at all. | Gross: Stars: A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.