My first exposure to Takashi Miike began less than twenty years ago, eyeing Suncoast’s DVD kiosks where I would nab copies of some of their Media Blasters/Tokyo Shock titles. His range of directing proved to me to be as unique as it is versatile, exuding a style that rightfully stirred the pot at times and peppered it beautifully at others.
THE GREAT YOKAI WAR: GUARDIANS Introduces Its Hero In First Look Images For The Miike-Directed Sequel
If you took a liking any to Takashi Miike’s 2005 Daiei revival from the late 1960s, The Great Yokai War, you’re more than welcome to get your hopes up for more in the new year with the first promo art now online for the follow-up, The Great Yokai War: Guardians.
In reflecting on Takashi Miike’s 2002 rendition of Kinji Fukasaku’s Graveyard Of Honor, news of pending remakes of Mario Van Peebles’ New Jack City and that of Brian De Palma’s Scarface comes to mind. Remakes and reboots of movies are the lifeblood of controversy for some film eager and opinionated film fans, and brouhaha with the latter two were no exception, although it’s worth imagining if those remakes will be anything like how Miike revised such a throwback classic.
JOJO’S BIZZARE ADVENTURE: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE – CHAPTER 1: VIZ Media Takes A Stand For Takashi Miike’s Live-Action Horror Manga Thriller
Otakus and cinema fans alike who’d been hoping to take a gander at Takashi Miike’s live action adaptation, JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable – Chapter 1, are in luck with Tuesday’s newly-announced release of the film on Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack.
Most of my e-mail alerts nowadays pertaining to the new crime thriller, First Love, all have much to do with critical responses that are nothing short of positive.
Yes, Takashi Miike is back and the buzz he’s earned since premiering his new action thriller at Cannes and Neuchâtel this year with First Love all but suggests this. The film is finally poised for a theatrical relsase on September 27 and we now have an official teaser making the rounds to get the word out.
Takashi Miike’s newest Cannes darling, First Love, is coming to North America, and Well Go USA is all but on-top of things with its acquisition reported on Wednesday from THR. The film had its Directors’ Fortnight run in France and stars Masataka Kubota (Tokyo Ghoul, Tokyo Ghoul: S), and actress Sakurako Konishi with Nao Omori (Ichi The Killer), Shota Sometani (Legend Of The Demon Cat), actress and singer Becky (Eight Ranger, Eight Ranger 2), and actors Jun Murakami (Aircraft Carrier Ibuki), Sansei Shiomi (Beyond Outrage, Outrage Coda) and Seiyo Uchino (13 Assassins).
Japanese film auteur Miike Takashi (Crows, Yatterman, Ichi The Killer) is still on par to release his latest self-described return to form with the upcoming action horror, Yakuza Apocalypse. Obviously based on the most recent teaser, such a film will delve into the usual gonzo array of gory imagery and wackiness to accomdate the creative vision planned here, but that’s Miike for you, and to suggest there’s a limit to his style would be the equivalent of expecting gravity to work in outer space, which reminds me…
Terra Formars (テラフォーマーズ) is a 2011 Japanese sci-fi manga written by Yū Sasuga and illustrated by Kenichi Tachibana. The story follows that in an attempt to colonize Mars, 21st century humanity first sought to terra form the planet by sending modified algae to change the planets atmosphere. Cockroaches were cleverly used as the method to transport the algae across the planet. Five hundred years later, the first humans descended upon Mars to see if the terra forming experiment was successful. What greeted them were giant, mutated cockroaches who possessed immense strength. The landing party was completely wiped out but not before sending a warning back to Earth. Decades later, (and with a mysterious illness sweeping Earth that may have connections to the terra forming experiment) another expedition is launched but this time, the passengers have had their DNA grafted with other bugs and animals which has bestowed them with increased strength and durability. Now, this new expedition must get to the bottom of the mysterious illness and the true catalyst behind this astounding evolution.
Such is the current description (via Blastr) of Miike‘s new project now in the form of the live-action manga installment, Terra Formars, based on Shueisha’s 2011 publication by sci-fi manga authors Tachibana Kenichi & Sasuga Yū. The franchise has already built itself a following both in-print and on the small screen through original video animes as as one of the more highly rated properties as of late. Readers in North America can find the manga available via Viz Media as more info about the film should come.
In the meantime… going from battling Yakuza vampires to hunting down giant humanoid cockaroaches on Mars huh Miike? …hmmk cool.
New York, NY — North America’s largest showcase of Japanese film and “One of the loopiest… and least predictable of New York’s film festivals” (New York Magazine), JAPAN CUTS: The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema returns for its eighth annual installment.
Attendees of the New York Asian Film Festival will likely find themselves in front of Ichi The Killer and 13 Assassins helmer Takashi Miike‘s latest manga-based action comedy, The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji this summer. But for those who follow his work in hopes of him returning to darker, more violent movies, as of last month, fans are bound to get exactly that.
Following initial reports in April of the film’s principal photography kickoff on April 17 for his latest action horror production, Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld, reports are now saying that Indonesian action star Yayan Ruhian has joined the cast of the new film, now set for a 2015 release. Based on an original screenplay by Yoshitaka Yamaguchi, Ruhian will be joining lead actor Hayato Ichihara who plays Kageyama, a yakuza subordinate forced to take on a group of deadly international assassins and avenge his boss, who turns him into a vampire before perishing.
“Goodbye to tediously boring Japanese films,” Miike said. “No one wanted this to happen, but I am making a rampage back to the basics!”.
The film marks Miike’s latest return to the set with Ichihara since working on the 2008 film, God’s Puzzle. In addition, the film is also being shopped at Cannes this month by Japanese distributor, Nikkatsu, who already share respective studio and distributor credits with PT. Merantau Films and XYZ Films for the latest ‘Mo Brothers’ horror thriller, Killers; The latter two companies also share film territory with Ruhian‘s credited appearances and action choreography work in Gareth Evans’s 2009 hit, Merantau, followed by The Raid and The Raid 2.
Ruhian is also set to star in XYZ Films’s next project, One Good Thing, written by Twitchfilm founder and editor Todd Brown for Stamboel to direct with Chilean martial arts action hero, Marko Zaror starring, who just wrapped up filming for Ernesto Diaz Espinoza’s new hitman thriller, Redeemer. Ruhian recently aided in choreography with Evans who is serving as action director for Tjahjanto’s latest production, The Night Comes For Us, and is expected to do the same for upcoming American remake of The Raid.
Stay tuned for more info.