Controversies[ edit ] One of his most controversial films was the ultra-violent Ichi the Killeradapted from a manga of the same name and starring Tadanobu Asano as a sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer. If you can sift through that considerable back catalogue, there is more than enough evidence to argue that Takashi Miike is one of the greatest and most unique directors to ever work in cinema.
The film is a veritable who's who of Miike movie alumni, starting with lead actor Hideki Sone, who first worked with the director inheading the cast of the ersatz ninkyo eiga Jingi Naki Yabo and its sequel. Throughout the rest of the nineties, Miike moved back-and-forth between his theatrical work and the V-cinema through which he launched his career, as well as branching out into television by directing six episodes of the literally-named Multiple Personality Detective Psycho In it, a family-run bed-and-breakfast in the country invites all manner of weird and wonderful goings on, including Thriller-like zombie musical numbers, bizarre Claymation interludes, and a whole lot of murder.
With over seventy shots in the first two minutes alone, it is a frenetic run through the content that often appears in his work. His father worked as a welder and his mother as seamstress. Also, the entries include not only reviews for MidnightEye.
The Iron Man 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 and Ichi the Killer Though hardly a household name in Kansas, Miike has long been a favorite with the international Asian Extreme Cinema crowd, who first loved him for his bad-boy violence and black-comic weirdness: This view of Miike as respect-worthy auteur has since been validated, if his many festival invitations and honors are anything to go by.
Eventually, a nearby volcano erupts, and fraudsters, criminals, and zombies enter their life. Hong Kong Capriccio Undercover Agent Reiji makes an unlikely return in this sequel to the original Mole Song, once again giving Takashi Miike the opportunity to be his unconventional self.
In the United States it has been shown uncut unrated. He has since gained a strong cult following in the West that is growing with the increase in DVD releases of his works.
The release of Audition established him as one of the most horrifyingly creative film-makers in world cinema. Minami Hideki Sone is underling to yakuza Ozaki Sho Aikawaa man whose increasingly erratic behaviour is beginning to worry his superiors. Other less controversial works include Ley Lines and Agitatorwhich are character-driven crime dramas.
Unfortunately the few guests that do happen to stray so far off of the beaten path have a nasty habit of turning up dead, so in an effort to save the business from scandal the family decides to bury the bodies in various shallow graves around the property. Its story is simple: His characteristically unique take on the Western, Sukiyaki Western Djangoincluded a cameo from Quentin Tarantino, uniting two kindred spirits of world cinema.
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. For better or worse, they are unique, frequently offensive, and anything but forgettable.
Mick Garriscreator and executive producer of the series, described the episode as "amazing, but hard even for me to watch Together, Audition and Ichi the Killer announced Takashi Miike to audiences outside of Japan, the former as one of the defining films of the turn-of-the-millennium J-horror boom, the latter for its whispered reputation as the most extreme film ever to emerge from the country.
Each of these explores Sino-Japanese cultural relationships, primarily through plots that focus heavily on Triad and Yakuza rivalries. And again it shows up at a foreign festival. InMiike was invited to direct an episode of the Masters of Horror anthology series. Tormented by the dilemma of having to kill his own beloved senior, Minami is a ball of nerves when he does the job entirely by accident; suddenly hitting the brakes, he causes Ozaki to slam his head hard against the front seat and break his neck.
Fans of the first film should expect more of the same the second time round: There is little precedent for the far out, and at times riotously funny, Gozu in Miike's previous work. The film was Fudoh: Seven years later, and Miike has directed another straight-to-video film.
It turns into one long, pessimistic slaughter-fest, over the top even for Miike, and lacking the nuance of those infamous earlier works. Unlike many of his later works, the Black Society films give Miike room to express some sensitivity towards his characters, as he explores the relationships between fathers and sons, old friends, and lovers.“The Happiness of the Katakuris” is a film almost solely addressed to fans of cult, while Miike proves, once more, the reason he is considered as one of the most unique filmmakers alive.
Advertisement. Aug 17, · Takashi Miike is one of the few Japanese filmmakers now working, Takeshi Kitano and Hayao Miyazaki being two others, who enjoy a measure of recognition outside Japan’s insular film world. Read movie and film review for The Happiness of the Katakuris () - Takashi Miike on AllMovie - The Happiness of the Katakuris doesn't dispense.
The Happiness of the Katakuris was first shown in Japan at the Tokyo International Film Festival in October   The Happiness of the Katakuris was released theatrically in Japan on February 16, A contemporary of such noted film experimentalists as Shinya Tsukamoto (Tetsuo: The Iron Man ), maverick Japanese workhorse director Takashi Miike became one of the most talked about.
The Happiness of the Katakuris is a Japanese film directed by Takashi Miike, and is very loosely based on the South Korean film The Quiet Family. This movie blends so many different elements that it utterly defies description.
It is in roughly equal parts Surreal Horror, Black Comedy, Musical, and Farce.Download