Directors Even More Directors Series - Volume Twenty - Takashi Miike

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  1. SteveGon

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    Prolific Japanese director with an eclectic oeuvre. Haven't seen many of his films, but I prefer his more offbeat outings.

    Yôkai daisensô (2005)

    ... aka Hobgoblins & the Great Wall (literal English title)

    ... aka The Big Spook War (USA)

    Izo (2004)

    Three... Extremes (2004) (segment "Box")

    ... aka Three, Monster (South Korea)

    ... aka Three... Extremes (Singapore: English title)

    Paato-taimu tantei 2 (2004) (TV)

    ... aka Onna to ai to misuterii 146 (Japan: series title)

    Zebraman (2004)

    Chakushin ari (2003)

    ... aka One Missed Call (USA)

    ... aka You've Got a Call (Japan: English title)

    Kôshônin (2003) (TV)

    Kikoku (2003) (V)

    ... aka Yakuza Demon (USA: DVD title)

    Gokudô kyôfu dai-gekijô: Gozu (2003)

    ... aka Gozu (International: English title) (USA)

    ... aka Yakuza Horror Theater: Gozu (USA)

    Yurusarezaru mono (2003)

    ... aka The Man in White (International: English title)

    Paato-taimu tantei (2002) (TV)

    ... aka Onna to ai to misuterii 94 (Japan: series title)

    Jitsuroku Andô Noboru kyôdô-den: Rekka (2002)

    ... aka Deadly Outlaw: Rekka (International: English title)

    ... aka Violent Fire (USA: DVD box title)

    Pandoora (2002) (V)

    Kinyû hametsu Nippon: Tôgenkyô no hito-bito (2002)

    ... aka Shangri-La (International: English title)

    ... aka Tôgenkyô (Japan: short title)

    Shin jingi no hakaba (2002)

    ... aka Graveyard of Honor (Japan: English title)

    Sabu (2002) (TV)

    Onna kunishuu ikki (2002)

    Dead or Alive: Final (2002)

    Katakuri-ke no kôfuku (2001)

    ... aka The Happiness of the Katakuris (Japan: English title) (UK)

    Araburu tamashii-tachi (2001)

    ... aka Agitator

    ... aka The Outlaw Souls (poster title)

    Koroshiya 1 (2001)

    ... aka Ichi the Killer (International: English title)

    Bizita Q (2001)

    ... aka Love Cinema Vol. 6 (International: English title: series title)

    ... aka Visitor Q (International: English title)

    Family (2001/II)

    ... aka Family 2 (Japan: video title (second part title))

    Kikuchi-jô monogatari - sakimori-tachi no uta (2001)

    ... aka Kumamoto monogatari (DVD title)

    Zuiketsu gensô - Tonkararin yume densetsu (2001)

    Dead or Alive 2: Tôbôsha (2000)

    ... aka Dead or Alive 2: Birds

    ... aka Dead or Alive 2: Runaway (literal English title)

    Tengoku kara kita otoko-tachi (2000)

    ... aka The Guys from Paradise

    Hyôryuu-gai (2000)

    ... aka The City of Last Souls (Hong Kong: English title: DVD title)

    ... aka The City of Lost Souls (USA)

    ... aka The City of Strangers (International: English title)

    ... aka The Hazard City

    "Tajuu jinkaku tantei saiko - Amamiya Kazuhiko no kikan" (2000) (mini) TV Series

    ... aka MPD Psycho

    ... aka Multiple Personality Detective Psycho - Kazuhiko Amamiya Returns (Japan: English title)

    Tsukamoto Shin'ya ga Ranpo suru (2000) (V)

    ... aka The Making of 'Gemini' (informal English title)

    Tennen shôjo Man next: Yokohama hyaku-ya hen (1999) (TV)

    ... aka Man, Next Natural Girl: 100 Nights in Yokohama (literal English title)

    ... aka N-Girls Vs Vampire (USA: informal English title)

    Sarariiman Kintarô (1999)

    ... aka Salaryman Kintaro

    ... aka White Collar Worker Kintaro (USA: video title)

    Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha (1999)

    ... aka D.O.A. (Japan: short title)

    ... aka Dead or Alive (USA)

    Silver - shirubaa (1999) (V)

    Nihon kuroshakai (1999)

    ... aka Ley Lines

    "Tennen shôjo Man" (1999) (mini) TV Series

    ... aka Man, a Natural Girl (Japan: English title)

    Ôdishon (1999)

    ... aka Audition (International: English title)

    ... aka Oodishon (Japan: alternative transliteration)

    Kishiwada shônen gurentai: Bôkyô (1998)

    ... aka Young Thugs: Nostalgia (USA: DVD title)

    Blues Harp (1998)

    Andoromedia (1998)

    ... aka Andromedia (International: English title)

    Chûgoku no chôjin (1998)

    ... aka The Bird People in China (International: English title)

    Full Metal gokudô (1997) (V)

    ... aka Full Metal Yakuza

    Gokudô kuroshakai (1997)

    ... aka Rainy Dog

    Jingi naki yabô 2 (1997) (V)

    Kishiwada shônen gurentai: Chikemuri junjô-hen (1997)

    ... aka Young Thugs: Innocent Blood (UK) (USA: DVD title)

    Gokudô sengokushi: Fudô (1996)

    ... aka Fudoh: The New Generation (USA)

    Kenka no hanamichi: Oosaka saikyô densetsu (1996) (V)

    Rakkasei: Piinattsu (1996) (V)

    Jingi naki yabô (1996) (V)

    Shin daisan no gokudô II (1996) (V)

    Shin daisan no gokudô - boppatsu Kansai gokudô sensô (1996) (V)

    Shinjuku kuroshakai: Chaina mafia sensô (1995)

    ... aka Shinjuku Triad Society

    Naniwa yuukyôden (1995) (V)

    Bodigaado Kiba: Shura no mokushiroku 2 (1995) (V)

    Daisan no gokudô (1995) (V)

    Bodigaado Kiba: Shura no mokushiroku (1994) (V)

    Shinjuku autoroo (1994) (V)

    ... aka Shinjuku Outlaw

    Oretachi wa tenshi ja nai 2 (1993) (V)

    Oretachi wa tenshi ja nai (1993) (V)

    Bodigaado Kiba (1993) (V)

    ... aka Bodyguard Kiba (USA)

    Ningen kyôki: Ai to ikari no ringu (1992) (V)

    ... aka A Human Murder Weapon (Japan: English title)

    Redi hantaa: Koroshi no pureryuudo (1991) (V)

    Toppuu! Minipato tai - Aikyacchi Jankushon (1991) (V)

    Rasuto ran: Ai to uragiri no hyaku-oku en - shissô Feraari 250 GTO (1991) (TV)


    Rank 'em, rate 'em, or just say you've never heard of him.
     
  2. SteveGon

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    Films seen:
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    Ichi the Killer [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Bird People in China [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Saw part of Dead or Alive but couldn't get into it. Would like to see some of the others.
     
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    Ichi the Killer (2001) [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  5. SteveGon

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    George, you might like The Happiness of the Katakuris - a fun little dark comedy/musical in the vein of Little Shop of Horrors.
     
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    My favorites, in order:

    Audition

    Ley Lines

    Young Thugs: Nostalghia

    Rainy Dog

    The Bird People In China

    Gozu

    Visitor Q

    The Happiness of the Katakuris

    There are many other Miike films that I like and consider worth seeing, but the above are IMO the creme de la creme.
     
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    1. Audition - A (I get shivers just thinking aboout it, but it is far more than "just" a horror film)
    2. The Happiness of the Katakuris - A- (Fantastically wacky musical, loved the "love song" with its bright colors and snappy choreography. Very cool claymation work too)
    3. Dead or Alive 2: Birds - A- (Even better than the first as this film inhabits the same "whimsical friendship in a violent world" zone as Takeshi Kitano's Yakuza films, if not quite attaining the same lyricism.)
    4. Gozu - A-
    5. The Bird People In China - A-
    6. Dead or Alive - A-
    7. Yakuza Demon - B+
    8. Graveyard of Honor - B+
    9. Ley Lines - B+
    10. MPD Psycho - B+
    11. Ichi the Killer - B+
    12. 13 Assassins - B+
    13. Deadly Outlaw Rekka - B+
    14. Young Thugs: Nostalgia - B+
    15. Yakuza: Like a Dragon - B+
    16. Negotiator - B+
    17. Sabu - B+
    18. The Way to Fight - B+
    19. Salaryman Kintaro - B+
    20. The Great Yokai War - B+
    21. Visitor Q - B (mixed on this, the last 20-25 minutes has some amazing material, but I also feel like I could have fast forwarded through the first 40 minutes and missed nothing)
    22. Young Thugs: Innocent Blood - B
    23. Dead or Alive: Final - B
    24. One Missed Call - B
    25. Detective Story - B
    26. Demon Pond - B
    27. Three Extremes...Segment "Box" - B
    28. Full Metal Yakuza - B
    29. Osaka Tough Guys - B
    30. Fudoh: The New Generation - B
    31. Andromedia - B
    32. The City of Lost Souls - B (over-the-top Yakuza film set in a "Little Rio" section of Tokyo. I think this is the most racially mixed Japanese film I've seen)
    33. Rainy Dog - B-
    34. Zebraman - B-
    35. Silver - B-
    36. Shinjuku Triad Society - B-
    37. Bodyguard Kiba - B-
    38. Masters of Horror: Imprint - C+
    39. Big Bang Love, Juvenile A - C+
    40. Izo - C (Not sure I really understood this)
    41. Family - C
    42. Sukiyaki Western Django - C-
    43. Family 2 - D
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  8. SteveGon

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    Yeah, I can't believe how many flicks this guy churns out.
    The only one I have seen is Audition, but I haven't decided if I can tolerate it or hate it. Definitely gave me the creeps.
     
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    TAKASHI MIIKE (1960 - )

    Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)
    13 Assassins (2010) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City (2010)
    Crows Zero II (2009)
    Yatterman (2009)
    God's Puzzle (2008)
    Crows Zero (2007) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Detective Story (2007)
    Sukiyaki Western Django (2007) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Like a Dragon (2007)
    Sun Scarred (2006)
    Waru (2006)
    Big Bang Love: Juvenile A (2006)
    The Great Yokai War (2005) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Big Spook War (2005)
    Izo (2004) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Three... Extremes (2004) (segment "Box") [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Paato-taimu tantei 2 (2004)
    Zebraman (2004) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    One Missed Call (2003) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Kôshônin (2003)
    Yakuza Demon (2003)
    Gozu (2003) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Man in White (2003)
    Paato-taimu tantei (2002)
    Deadly Outlaw: Rekka (2002) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Pandoora (2002)
    Shangri-La (2002)
    Graveyard of Honor (2002) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Sabu (2002) (TV)
    Onna kunishuu ikki (2002)
    Dead or Alive: Final (2002)
    The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Agitator (2001)
    Ichi the Killer (2001) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Visitor Q (2001) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Family (2001)
    Kikuchi-jô monogatari - sakimori-tachi no uta (2001)
    Zuiketsu gensô - Tonkararin yume densetsu (2001)
    Dead or Alive 2: Birds (2000)
    The Guys from Paradise (2000)
    The City of Lost Souls (2000) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Making of 'Gemini' (2000)
    N-Girls Vs Vampire (1999)
    White Collar Worker Kintaro (1999)
    Dead or Alive (1999) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Silver - shirubaa (1999)
    Ley Lines (1999) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Audition (1999) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Young Thugs: Nostalgia (1998)
    Blues Harp (1998)
    Andoromedia (1998)
    The Bird People in China (1998) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Full Metal Yakuza (1997)
    Rainy Dog (1997) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Jingi naki yabô 2 (1997)
    Young Thugs: Innocent Blood (1997)
    Fudoh: The New Generation (1996) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Kenka no hanamichi: Oosaka saikyô densetsu (1996)
    Rakkasei: Piinattsu (1996)
    Jingi naki yabô (1996)
    Shin daisan no gokudô II (1996)
    Shin daisan no gokudô - boppatsu Kansai gokudô sensô (1996)
    Shinjuku Triad Society (1995) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Naniwa yuukyôden (1995)
    Bodigaado Kiba: Shura no mokushiroku 2 (1995)
    Daisan no gokudô (1995)
    Bodigaado Kiba: Shura no mokushiroku (1994)
    Shinjuku Outlaw (1994)
    Oretachi wa tenshi ja nai 2 (1993)
    Oretachi wa tenshi ja nai (1993)
    Bodyguard Kiba (1993)
    A Human Murder Weapon (1992)
    Redi hantaa: Koroshi no pureryuudo (1991)
    Toppuu! Minipato tai - Aikyacchi Jankushon (1991)
    Rasuto ran: Ai to uragiri no hyaku-oku en - shissô Feraari 250 GTO (1991)
     
  11. Elizabeth S

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    Have only seen "Sabu", which was pretty good. Have "Bird People in China" in my "to watch" pile.

    Most of his oeuvre appears much too violent for my tastes.
     
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    13 Assassins (2010)
    Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City (2010)
    Crows Zero II (2009)
    Yatterman (2009)
    God's Puzzle (2008)
    Crows Zero (2007) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Detective Story (2007)
    Sukiyaki Western Django (2007) [​IMG][​IMG]
    Like a Dragon (2007)
    Sun Scarred (2006)
    Waru (2006)
    Big Bang Love: Juvenile A (2006) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    The Great Yokai War (2005) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Izo (2004) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Three... Extremes (2004) (segment "Box") [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Part-Time Detective 2 (2004) (TV)
    Zebraman (2004) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    One Missed Call (2003) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Negotiator (2003) (TV)
    Yakuza Demon (2003) (V)
    Gozu (2003) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    The Man in White (2003)
    Part-Time Detective (2002) (TV)
    Deadly Outlaw: Rekka (2002) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    Pandoora (2002) (V)
    Shangri-La (2002)
    Graveyard of Honor (2002) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Sabu (2002) (TV) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    Onna kunishuu ikki (2002)
    Dead or Alive: Final (2002) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Agitator (2001) [​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Ichi the Killer (2001) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Visitor Q (2001) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Family (2001)
    Kumamoto monogatari (2001) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    Zuiketsu gensô - Tonkararin yume densetsu (2001)
    Dead or Alive 2: Birds (2000) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    The Guys from Paradise (2000) [​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    The City of Lost Souls (2000) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    N-Girls Vs Vampire (1999) (TV) [​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    White Collar Worker Kintaro (1999)
    Dead or Alive (1999) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Silver (1999) (V) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    Ley Lines (1999) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Audition (1999) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the Blu)
    Young Thugs: Nostalgia (1998) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Blues Harp (1998) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    Andoromedia (1998) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    The Bird People in China (1998) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Full Metal Yakuza (1997) (V) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    Rainy Dog (1997) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Jingi naki yabô 2 (1997) (V)
    Young Thugs: Innocent Blood (1997) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Fudoh: The New Generation (1996) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own both DVDs)
    Kenka no hanamichi: Oosaka saikyô densetsu (1996) (V)
    Rakkasei: Piinattsu (1996) (V)
    Jingi naki yabô (1996) (V)
    Shin daisan no gokudô II (1996) (V)
    Shin daisan no gokudô - boppatsu Kansai gokudô sensô (1996) (V)
    Shinjuku Triad Society (1995) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    Osaka Tough Guys (1995) (V) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Bodigaado Kiba: Shura no mokushiroku 2 (1995) (V)
    Daisan no gokudô (1995) (V)
    Bodyguard Kiba: Apocalypse of Carnage (1994) (V)
    Shinjuku Outlaw (1994) (V)
    Oretachi wa tenshi ja nai 2 (1993) (V)
    Oretachi wa tenshi ja nai (1993) (V)
    Bodyguard Kiba (1993) (V)
    A Human Murder Weapon (1992) (V)
    Redi hantaa: Koroshi no pureryuudo (1991) (V)
    Toppuu! Minipato tai - Aikyacchi Jankushon (1991) (V)
    Rasuto ran: Ai to uragiri no hyaku-oku en - shissô Feraari 250 GTO (1991) (TV)
    Seen 33
    Own 33
    Takashi Miike is the 21st director in this series that I've seen/met in person.
     
  13. Justin_S

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    Ratings on a scale of * to *****:
    1: Audition (1999) *****
    2: Gozu (2003) ****½
    3: The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001) ****
    4: Visitor Q (2001) ****
    5: Dead or Alive (1999) ****
    6: Imprint (2006) ****
    7: Three... Extremes (2004) (segment "Box") ***
    8: One Missed Call (2003) ***
    9: Fudoh: The New Generation (1996) ***
    10: The City of Lost Souls (2000) **½
    11: Full Metal Yakuza (1997) **
    12: Ichi the Killer (2001) *½
    Own 5
     
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    Own 28
     
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    Visitor Q - B
    But I was really taken with the end. Will continue thinking about this film for some time.
    Lots more Miike lined up before October.
     
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    Ichi the Killer - B+
    Fudoh: The New Generation - B
    Mind-blowing that Miike made Ichi, Visitor Q, and Katakuris all in a year.
     
  18. Brook K

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    Getting more into the Miike vibe
    Salaryman Kintaro - B+ (also known as White Collar Worker Kintaro and Kintaro: The White Collar Worker)
    Dead or Alive - A-
    Dead or Alive 2: Birds - A-: Even better than the first as this film inhabits the same "whimsical friendship in a violent world" zone as Takeshi Kitano's Yakuza films, if not quite attaining the same lyricism.
     
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    Own 29
     
  20. Brook K

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    One Missed Call - B
    Many more to come in November when the horror challenge is over - Izo, Gozu, Shinjuku Triad Society Trilogy, Bird People of China, etc...
     

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