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Film Review: Yakuza: Like A Dragon (2007) by Takashi Miike

With the number of adaptations Miike has dealt with in his filmography, it would be a surprise if he did not deal with a video game one. “Yakuza”, a 2005 Playstation 2 game provided a great opportunity considering its theme and aesthetics, and Miike did the most of it, coming up with one of the best video game adaptations I have ever seen on screen, even managing to tame his own absurdness, to a degree at least.

The story unfolds during a single, very hot night in Kamurocho (the video game’s version of Kabukicho) and revolves around five different axes that eventually collide. Imanichi and Nakanishi try to rob a bank but their ways are more of a comedy duo than of robbers and thus they end up taking the clerks and the customers of the bank as hostages despite their initial plan. In a building next door,
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U.S. Trailer for Takashi Miike’s Yakuza Thriller ‘First Love’

The films of Takashi Miike don’t always get U.S. distribution, but thankfully after a strong response at Cannes, his latest feature First Love will arrive this month. First stopping by Tiff and Fantastic Fest, Well Go USA have now unveiled the U.S. trailer and poster for the yakuza thriller, which follows a low-level yakuza, a terminally ill boxer, and a drug-addicted call girl who get caught up in a gang war.

Rory O’Connor said in his review, “The last film legendary Japanese ultra-violence auteur Takashi Miike brought to Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight featured a character that was essentially a person in a felt frog costume that looked like it’d gone through the wash a few too many times. The being had a knack for martial arts and, like some acid-trip Sesame Street version of the four horsemen, was said to signal the coming apocalypse. So to note that First Love,
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Takashi Miike's First Love Trailer Is a Toxic Cocktail of Call Girls, Boxers & Drugs

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Takashi Miike's First Love Trailer Is a Toxic Cocktail of Call Girls, Boxers & Drugs
If you don't know the name Takashi Miike, then perhaps you're not a true film fan. The auteur made a name for himself in the 2000s pumping out one crazy movie after the next, continually raising the insanity level in each one. Now, he is back with the high-energy blast of shock and awe, tenderly called First Love. But make no mistake, this is not a romantic comedy.

Well Go USA Entertainment is proud to unveil the teaser trailer for Takashi Miike's crowd pleasing action crime drama First Love. The first look footage actually made its debut this past weekend at Comic-Con during the big 'Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza'. The Japanese title for the movie is Hatsukoi, and it made its world premiere during the Director's Fortnight during Cannes 2019.&#160

Critics are praising First Love with an intensity usually reserved for the most insane pieces of cinematic art. Jessica Kiang of Variety called it,
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Cannes Review: ‘First Love’ is a Deliriously Violent Mob Film from Takashi Miike

The last film legendary Japanese ultra-violence auteur Takashi Miike brought to Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight featured a character that was essentially a person in a felt frog costume that looked like it’d gone through the wash a few too many times. The being had a knack for martial arts and, like some acid-trip Sesame Street version of the four horsemen, was said to signal the coming apocalypse. So to note that First Love, Miike’s latest deliriously violent mob film, which opened this week in that same renowned sidebar, is the more sober of the two is to perhaps not say a whole lot.

By anyone else’s standards, of course, it is a work of the darkest gallows humor and upmost anarchy. Miike opens Love on a boxing match and his earliest notable cut takes us from a shot of a fighter landing a left hook to an image
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Film Review: Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) by Takashi Miike

Well on the march to film 100 by this point in his career, legendary director Takashi Miike had made his name with prolific entries in both the gangster/yakuza and horror genres. The attempt to mix both of his prominent setups was too high a calling card for him as the end result was a high-class mash-up under the title ‘Gokudô daisenso,’ internationally released as “Yakuza Apocalypse”.

In the ruthless underground world of the yakuza, no one is more legendary than boss Genyo Kamiura, who is rumored to be invincible due to his vampire powers. Among his gang is Akira Kageyama, his most loyal underling, but the others in the gang view him with disdain and ridicule him for his inability to get tattooed due to sensitive skin. One day, assassins aware of boss Kamiura’s secret arrive from abroad and deliver him an ultimatum: Return to the
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Backup Media Picks Up Mads Mikkelsen Starrer ‘Arctic’ Ahead of Cannes Unspooling

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Backup Media Picks Up Mads Mikkelsen Starrer ‘Arctic’ Ahead of Cannes Unspooling
Paris-based Backup Media has acquired multi-territory rights to Joe Penna’s feature debut “Arctic,” a gripping survival thriller starring Mads Mikkelsen (“Hannibal”) which will make its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival in the Midnight section.

Written by Penna and Ryan Morrison, “Arctic” follows Mikkelsen as a man stranded in the Arctic who is finally about to receive his long-awaited rescue. However, after a tragic accident, his opportunity is lost, and he must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp, or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown for potential salvation.

Armory Films’s Chris Lemole and Tim Zajaros, the duo behind Dee Rees’s Oscar-nominated “Mudbound,” produced “Arctic” alongside Noah C Haeussner of Union. Martha de Laurentiis, Manu Gargi and Einar Thorsteinsson exec produced the film. Xyz Films is representing the international rights with CAA/UTA handling domestic.

Christopher Lemole and Tim Zajaros
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Preview: Week Two Films at 53rd Chicago International Film Festival

Chicago – The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival is winding down, with the closing night film set for Thursday, October 26th, 2017 (“The Shape of Water”). But there are still many films to go until the end, and Jon Lennon Espino and Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com preview some choices for week two.

Each review is designated by (Je) Jon Espino and (Pm) Patrick McDonald. For a Pdf connection to the complete schedule, click here.

Blade Of The Immortal (Japan)

’Blade of the Immortal,’ Directed by Takashi Miike

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Prolific director Takashi Miike has made 100 films, mostly in the last 20 years. His 100th feature, “Blade of the Immortal”, shows him in great form by delivering the same, entertaining, pulpy, over-the-top action we have come to expect from Miike. This film is less like his remake of “13 Assassins” and more like his previous film “Yakuza Apocalypse”. The sheer ridiculousness of this film,
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Takashi Miike to premiere 'JoJo's Bizarre Adventure' at Neuchatel festival

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Takashi Miike to premiere 'JoJo's Bizarre Adventure' at Neuchatel festival
Miike will also attend the genre event in Switzerland.

Revered Japanese director Takashi Miike is set to attend this year’s Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival in Switzerland (June 30 – July 8), where he will present the world premiere of his latest feature.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable is an adaptation of Araki Hirohiko’s popular manga series that has had more than 100 million copies printed and was subsequently adapted into an anime version.

Kento Yamazaki stars in the story of a teen gifted with supernatural powers who discovers evil lurking within his town.

Takashi Miike

Miike will be the festival’s guest of honour at its 17th edition. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is his 101st feature, including TV movies. His 100th feature, Blade Of The Immortal, played at the recent Cannes Film Festival.

Recent Miike films including Yakuza Apocalypse and Ichi The Killer have screened at previous editions of the Neuchatel festival.

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Badass Trailer For Takashi Miike's New Martial Arts Film Blade Of The Immortal

A full trailer has been released for Takashi Miike's new fantasy/martial arts film Blade of the Immortal, and it's completely badass! The story is set during the mid-Tokugawa Shogunate period, and it centers on an immortal swordsman "who will not be able to lift his curse of everlasting life until 1000 evildoers feel the cut of his steel". In the process, he ends up protecting a young girl who happens to have some wicked fighting skills of her own.

I love watching these kinds of movies and I had a smile on my face from ear to ear while watching this trailer. The movie just looks so damn fun and it looks like it's going to be loaded with awesome fight sequences! It doesn't hurt that it had a great director at the helm. Miike is known for his films such as Yakuza Apocalypse, Shield of Straw, Ace Attorney,
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Teaser Trailer for Takashi Miike’s Supernatural Martial Arts Thriller Blade Of The Immortal

Takashi Miike, the director of films such as 13 Assassins, Audition, and Yakuza Apocalypse, has a new film coming out called Blade of the Immortal. The supernatural martial arts thriller centers on an immortal swordsman who will not be able to lift his curse of everlasting life until he kills 1000 evildoers with the cut of his steel.

I've enjoyed all of Miike's films that I've seen, and I'll be looking forward to this one as well. Judging by this brief look, it looks like an exciting cool concept that could turn out to be a really good movie. I need to see more footage, though!

The film is set to open in Japan on April 29, 2017, and there's currently no domestic release date. 
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‘Blade of the Immortal’ Teaser Trailer: Takashi Miike’s Upcoming Action Movie Gears Itself To Battle 1,000 Men

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‘Blade of the Immortal’ Teaser Trailer: Takashi Miike’s Upcoming Action Movie Gears Itself To Battle 1,000 Men
For over two decades, director Takashi Miike has garnered equal parts acclaim and controversy for his films due to their violent, often disturbing content. In recent years, Miike has become especially prolific, often directing one or two films per year. Next year, he will release his new action film “Blade of the Immortal,” about a warrior cursed with immortality who cannot free himself unless he kills 1,000 evil men. Based on the manga by the same name, the film stars Hana Sugisaki, Ebizô Ichikawa, Sôta Fukushi, Hayato Ichihara, Erika Toda, Kazuki Kitamura, Min Tanaka, Takuya Kimura and Tsutomu Yamazaki. Watch a very brief teaser trailer below.

Read More: Cannes Review: Takashi Miike Buys License For Next Five Duds With Transcendently Batsh*t ‘Yakuza Apocalypse

Miike first garnered international fame with his 1999 romantic horror film “Audition,” about a widower who auditions women to become his next wife only for one to turn the tables on him.
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‘Yakuza Apocalypse’ DVD Review

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Stars: Yayan Ruhian, Rirî Furankî, Hayato Ichihara, Mio Yûki, Pierre Taki, Denden, Tetsu Watanabe, Yoshiyuki Morishita, Riko Narumi, Reiko Takashima, Lily Frankie, Masanori Mimoto, Shô Aoyagi, Manzô Shinra, Kiyohiko Shibukawa | Written by Yoshitaka Yamaguchi | Directed by Takashi Miike

I’m not sure if it’s from watching Battles Without Honour and Humanity or my love of the Crows Zero movies that did it, but I have to admit that I was very excited about Takashi Miike’s Yakuza Apocalypse. Now that I’ve seen it, I may be a little confused but I’ll also admit to being in love with the insane little film.

Yakuza Apocalypse focuses on the story of Kageyama, a Yakuza who is ridiculed for his lack of signature tattoos down to his sensitive skin. When he witnesses the defeat of his former boss, whose decapitated head in turn bites him turning him into a vampire he turns into a vampire.
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DVD Review – Yakuza Apocalypse (2015)

Yakuza Apocalypse, 2015.

Directed by Takashi Miike.

Starring Denden, Lily Franky, Hayato Ichihara, Yoshiyuki Morishita, Masanori Mimoto, Riko Narumi, Yayan Ruhian, and Raiko Takashima.

Synopsis:

A Yakuza Vampire boss is betrayed by members of his clan, and is consequently killed; the duty befalls onto his most loyal protégé to take revenge, and to comply with the vampiric-lore.

Bursting from the opening shot there unfolds a gory bloodbath of torsos slashed violently by the vampiric crime lord himself Kamiura (Lily Frankie). Once the massacre has ceased, the film may separate the audience into two camps: aficionados of Miike’s oeuvre will highly appreciate this introduction, and newcomers may be stunned in paralysis, uncertain if they picked up the right Blu-ray. Those in the latter camp needn’t fret, for the film does calm down for a bit afterwards.

Kageyama (Hayato Ichihara) admires the Yakuza lifestyle, and is convinced this will grant him the pathway to manhood.
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Trailer for the upcoming Live-Action Terraformars prequel

dTv, Japan’s biggest streaming service released a preview for “Terraformars:A New Hope” series, a three-episode prequel of Takashi Miike’s adaptation, that will premiere on April 24, with the actual film scheduled for April 29.

The prequel will center on the research institute responsible for screening candidates for the Mars mission. The candidates will cheat and betray each other in a mental battle to be chosen as part of the crew, and it will reveal why the 15 crew members in the film were the ones chosen.

Hideaki Ito, Emi Takei, Mariko Shinoda, Rina Ota, Rinko Kikuchi, and Masaya Kato are reprising their roles from the film. Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Kōji Matoba, Ken Aoki, Takahiro Kuroishi, Kento Hayashi, Tetsuya Sugaya, Takemi Fujii, and Saki Takaoka are playing other characters who are unique to the prequel.

Takashi Miike supervises the production, with Yoshitaka Yamaguchi directing. Yamaguchi has worked before with Miike as assistant
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Takashi Miike’s Over Your Dead Body

Takashi Miike's Over Your Dead BodySTORY80%ACTING80%DIRECTING80%VISUALS85%SOUND85%POSITIVESAll of the technical aspect (cinematography, sound, editing) is greatIchikawa Ebizō XI is magnificentMiike creates a truly horrific atmosphereNEGATIVESThe graphic depiction of violence and the various grotesque notions will probably prevent mainstream audience from watching the film2016-03-2282%Overall ScoreReader Rating: (0 Votes)0%

Probably the most “serious” film Miike has shot lately among the raving madness of productions like “The Mole Song” and “Yakuza Apocalypse”, “Over Your Dead Body” stands apart for two other reasons. The protagonist is the famous kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizō XI, and the script is based on the quintessential Japanese horror tale of “The Ghost Story of Yotsuya” (Yotsuya Kaidan), although Miike’s style had a definite say in the final outcome.

The film follows a theatre troupe as they rehearse a theatre play, where a samurai seduces a woman and then murders her disapproving father,
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Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival – Asian Film Presence

Thirty four Asian films will be screen during the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival here is the complete list.

Created in 1983 the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (Bifff) focus on horror, thriller, and science fiction films. This year the festival will take place from March 29th until April 10th in the city of Brussels (Belgium). This year thirty four Asian movies will be presented during the festival. This year South Korean movies are predominant as there will be thirteen Korean films. Some of the highlights are Baahubali: The Beginning (S.S. Rajamouli), Veteran (Seung-wan Ryoo), Memories of the Sword (Park Heung-sik), Tag (Sion Sono), The Deal (Son Yong-Ho) and The Priests (Jae-hyun Jang).

Asian Movies

Arahan by Ryoo Seung-Wan – South Korea | 2004

Assassination Classroom by Eiichiro Hasumi – Japan | 2015

Assassination Classroom: The Graduation by Eiichiro Hasumi – Japan | 2016

Attack on the Lederhosen Zombies by Dominik Hartl – Australia | 2016

Baahubali: The Beginning by S.S. Rajamouli – India
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Rpc reteams with Takashi Miike on 'Blade Of The Immortal'

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Rpc reteams with Takashi Miike on 'Blade Of The Immortal'
Exclusive: Jeremy Thomas teams for fourth time with cult Japanese director on manga adaptation.

Jeremy Thomas’ Recorded Picture Company is re-teaming with 13 Assassins director Takashi Miike on action-drama Blade Of The Immortal.

Miike, who is in post on sci-fi horror Terraformars, is currently shooting Blade Of The Immortal, which will follow Manji, a ronin cursed with immortality. He also acts as bodyguard to a young woman who swears vengeance against a group of sword fighters who murdered her parents. Cast includes Takuya Kimura (2046).

Japanese oufit Oriental Light and Magic produces the feature, which Warner Bros Japan will release locally. HanWay Films will handle international sales.

The live action film is adapted from the hit manga series of the same name by Hiroaki Samura and marks the fourth collaboration between iconic UK production outfit Rpc and Miike, also known for directing Yakuza Apocalypse and Audition.

Rpc’s High-Rise will be released by Studiocanal in the UK next month
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New to Streaming: ‘The Assassin,’ ‘Crimson Peak,’ ‘Hearts Of Darkness,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)

If the meditative stylings of Russian auteur Andrei Tarkovsky were applied to the martial arts genre, the end result would likely resemble Hou Hsiao-hsien’s rapturous tone poem The Assassin. As much concerned with the essence of nature as it is the essence of humanity, this endlessly beautiful film is equal parts enigmatic storytelling as it is purely enthralling cinema. Though
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'Anomalisa', 'Demolition' to bookend Istanbul indie film fest

'Anomalisa', 'Demolition' to bookend Istanbul indie film fest
Istanbul event will host a total of 23 gala screenings, including the latest films from Charlie Kaufman and Jean-Marc Vallee, as well as a David Bowie tribute programme.Scroll down for the full line-up

!f Istanbul Independent Film Festival has revealed its programme for the 2016 edition (February 18-28).

Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa, which premiered at Telluride last year, and Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition, which opened the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015, will open and close the festival respectively.

!f Istanbul - in its 15th edition - will host screenings, competitions and events dedicated to bringing the best of independent film to the Turkish city.

Other gala presentations will include Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash, Gaspar Noé’s Love 3D, Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room and Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s BAFTA-nominated The Assassin.

In memory of the late musician David Bowie, the festival will show remastered versions of his films The Man Who Fell To Earth and The Hunger
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Film Review: Yakuza Apocalypse

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★★☆☆☆ Where on Earth do you start with Takashi Miike's latest offering Yakuza Apocalypse (2015)? Perhaps the best place is with two words that will immediately signal to many people whether or this a film that they might enjoy - with emphasis on the word 'might'. Those words are 'Yakuza Vampire' and this symphony of schlocky slapstick will reward those for whom they conjure up palpable anticipation of gangsters meeting the undead in a bout of comically absurd blood-letting. This is Miike back in kinds of waters that he navigated in 2002's The Happiness of the Katakuris and fans of his more chaotic work should be well served. Of course, for one man's chaos read another man's shambles.
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