Takashi Miike has two films in the press right now. His last film, 13 Assassins, a really excellent piece of work, and one of his best efforts, is playing VOD and in some theaters now. And Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, his first 3D film, just premiered at Cannes. The reviews for the latter weren’t great, but the director, true to form, is already moving on to more projects. One is evidently going to be an adaptation of Capcom’s mega-hit Ace Attorney games for the Nintendo DS. Read More »

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Takashi Miike is best known for his hyper-explicit button-pushing films like Ichi the Killer, Audition and Visitor Q, but he has dabbled in just about every possible film genre. Lately he’s been in ‘stately samurai’ mode. His film 13 Assassins has been available on iTunes for a few weeks and opens in some theaters today. (And is very, very good.)

His next, Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is a 3D film, and will premiere at Cannes in just a couple weeks. The teaser trailer for that one is out now, and it looks just as good as 13 Assassins, if in a slightly different way. Read More »

Any day Takashi Miike releases a new film, it’s like a holiday. When it’s a film that has buzz like 13 Assassins, it’s heaven. Miike’s latest release is scheduled to hit theaters on April 29 and after gangbuster screenings at South by Southwest, Fantastic Fest and AFI Fest, among others, we’ve heard nothing but incredibly positive things. The reviews are the kind of raves that makes it seem like 13 Assassins ranks among Miike’s best: Ichi The Killer, Audition, Gozu and others. Check out the full trailer and new poster after the break. Read More »

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Keeping up with the output of Japanese director Takashi Miike can be a difficult task. He’s slowed down somewhat in recent years, with only two films this year and two in 2009. But he’s still one of the most prodigious filmmakers alive, with a habit of burning like a wildfire through one feature project after another.

Now, just after 13 Assassins (his remake of a samurai picture from 1963) played to good notice at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, he’s booked another remake. This time Miike will turn his attention to a new version of the 1962 samurai classic Harakiri, and it will be his first film in 3D. Read More »

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Takashi Miike, one of the most prolific directors in the world, has two new films for 2010. One has already been released in Japan: Zebraman 2, which provides a sequel to Miike’s charmingly oddball ‘superhero’ movie from 2004.

The other is 13 Assassins, a dead-serious samurai movie which seems to be a bit like The Dirty Dozen by way of Seven Samurai. Now there’s a full-length trailer to remind you of how capable Miike can be when he works on a grand scale. Read More »

Quentin Tarantino in Takashi Miike's Sukiyaki Western Django

Our friends at SolaceinCinema have published the first photo of Quentin Tarantino in Takashi Miike’s (Ichi The Killer) Sukiyaki Western Django (aka Sushi Western). Tarantino is a friend of Japanese Director Takashi Miike, whom he asked to perform a cameo in Eli Roth’s Hostel. As a result of Miike doing so, Tarantino performed in the opening action sequence of Miike’s Django. Supposedly, Tarantino plays a “mysterious dude by the name of Ringo who appears at the beginning of the movie and fights with an unnamed Japanese cast member, who plays the lover of a female assassin disguised as a town dweller, to be portrayed by Momoi Kaori.”

I’m not a huge fan of Tarantino’s acting abilities, but I’m also not as appalled or annoyed by his acting attempts as most film geeks. I’ll be checking out this film this week at the Toronto Film Festival.

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