The outrageously prolific director Takashi Miike is no stranger to remakes. Two of his recent films (13 Assassins and Hara-Kiri) are remakes, and he’s remade Kim Jee-woon’s The Quiet Family as The Happiness of the Katakuris, and Kinji Fukasaku’s Graveyard of Honor as a new film with the same name. But not so many Miike movies get remade. Perhaps it’s just that he works so fast that no one can settle on a target?

Looks like the first next remake of a Miike movie to come out of Hollywood might be Ninja Kids!!, the family film that has done well in Japan. (And which is an adaptation of a Japanese TV show about youngsters training in the ways of the ninja.) “A major production company” is reportedly in negotiations for the rights now. Read More »

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After some heavier recent works — including 13 Assassins and Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, both of which are currently making their rounds in the festival circuit — director Takashi Miike is displaying a much lighter side side in his latest film, Ninja Kids!!! The bright, bubbly kids’ flick is based on the long-running anime series Nintama Rantaro, which in turn was adapted from an even longer-running manga titled Rakudai Ninja Rantaro. Check out the very silly trailer after the jump. Read More »

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