Takashi Miike

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  • Native name: 三池崇史
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: August 24, 1960
  • Age: 58

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Takashi Miike

  • Name: Takashi Miike
  • Native name: 三池崇史
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: August 24, 1960
  • Age: 58
Takashi Miike is a highly prolific and controversial Japanese filmmaker. He has directed over ninety theatrical, video, and television productions since his debut in 1991. Miike is credited with directing fifteen productions in the years 2001 and 2002 alone. His films range from violent and bizarre to dramatic and family-friendly.

Miike was born to Korean parents in Yao, Osaka, Japan, an area inhabited by the poor working class immigrants from the Korean Peninsula. His family originally emigrated to Kumamoto Prefecture. During World War II, his grandfather was stationed in China and Korea, and his father was born in Seoul in today's South Korea. His father worked as a welder and his mother as seamstress.Although he claimed to have attended classes only rarely, he graduated from Yokohama Vocational School of Broadcast and Film (Yokohama Hōsō Eiga Senmon Gakko) under the guidance of renowned filmmaker Shohei Imamura, the founder and Dean of that institution.

One of his most controversial films was the ultra-violent Ichi the Killer (2001), adapted from a manga of the same name and starring Tadanobu Asano as a sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer. The extreme violence was initially exploited to promote the film: during its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2001, the audience received "barf bags" emblazoned with the film's logo as a promotional gimmick (one typically flamboyant gory killing involves a character slicing a man in half from head to groin, and severing another's face, which then slides down a nearby wall).

However, the British Board of Film Classification refused to allow the release of the film uncut in Britain, citing its extreme levels of sexual violence towards women. In Hong Kong, 15 minutes of footage were cut. In the United States it has been shown uncut (unrated). An uncut DVD was also released in the Benelux.

In 2005, Miike was invited to direct an episode of the Masters of Horror anthology series. The series, featuring episodes by a range of established horror directors such as John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper and Dario Argento, was supposed to provide directors with relative creative freedom and relaxed restrictions on violent and sexual content (some violent content was edited from the Dario Argento-directed episode Jenifer). However, when the Showtime cable network acquired the rights to the series, the Miike-directed episode Imprint was deemed too disturbing for the network. Showtime cancelled it from the broadcast lineup even after extended negotiations, though it was retained as part of the series' DVD release. Mick Garris, creator and executive producer of the series, described the episode as "amazing, but hard even for me to watch... definitely the most disturbing film I've ever seen".
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Year Title Type Rating
2018 Laplace's Witch
Movie
7.2
2018 Mahou x Senshi Magi Majo Pures!
Drama
10.0
2017 Jojo's Bizarre Adventure - Diamond is Unbreakable
Movie
7.6
2017 Blade of the Immortal
Movie
7.7
2017 Idol x Warriors Miracle Tunes
Drama
8.0
2016 The Mole Song: Hong Kong Crazy Uproar Song
Movie
7.7
2016 Terra Formars
Movie
6.3
2015 Yakuza Apocalypse
Movie
6.1
2015 The Lion Standing in the Wind
Movie
8.2
2014 As the Gods Will
Movie
7.6
2014 Over Your Dead Body
Movie
6.5
2014 The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji
Movie
7.4
2013 Straw Shield
Movie
7.4
2012 For Love's Sake
Movie
6.1
2012 Ace Attorney
Movie
7.7
2011 Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
Movie
7.8
2011 Ninja Kids!!!
Movie
6.3
2010 13 Assassins
Movie
7.9
2010 Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City
Movie
6.5
2009 Crows Zero 2
Movie
8.1
2009 Yatterman
Movie
6.5
2008 God's Puzzle
Movie
7.2
2008 Ketai Sosakan 7
Drama
7.9
2008 Koshonin
Drama
7.8
2007 Crows Zero
Movie
8.1
2007 Detective Story
Movie
7.6
2007 MPD Psycho
Drama
6.8
2007 Like a Dragon
Movie
6.8
2004 Izo
Movie
5.3
2004 Three... Extremes
Movie
7.4
2004 Zebraman
Movie
6.6
2004 One Missed Call
Movie
7.2
2003 Gozu
Movie
7.6
2003 Yakuza Demon
Movie
7.5
2002 Deadly Outlaw: Rekka
Movie
8.1
2002 Graveyard of Honor
Movie
6.9
2002 Sabu
Movie
6.9
2002 Dead Or Alive Final
Movie
6.8
2001 Ichi the Killer
Movie
7.3
2001 Agitator
Movie
8.3
2001 Family 2
Movie
0.0
2001 The Guys From Paradise
Movie
7.8
2001 Family
Movie
5.5
2001 Visitor Q
Movie
6.5
2001 The Happiness of the Katakuris
Movie
6.8
2000 Dead Or Alive 2: Birds
Movie
7.1
2001 Kumamoto monogatari
Movie
0.0
2000 The City of Lost Souls
Movie
6.5
1999 Dead Or Alive: Hanzaisha
Movie
7.6
1999 Salaryman Kintaro
Movie
0.0
1999 Audition
Movie
7.0
1999 Ley Lines
Movie
8.7
1999 Salaryman Kintaro
Drama
8.1
1998 Blues Harp
Movie
8.1
1998 Andromedia
Movie
7.2
1998 The Bird People in China
Movie
7.9
1997 Full Metal Yakuza
Movie
6.7
1997 Rainy Dog
Movie
8.5
1996 Fudoh: The New Generation
Movie
6.8
1995 Shinjuku Triad Society
Movie
7.1
1991 Eyecatch Junction
Movie
6.0
Screenwriter & Director
Year Title Type Rating
2012 Lesson of the Evil
Movie
7.5
2007 Sukiyaki Western Django
Movie
7.0
2005 The Great Yokai War
Movie
7.1
2003 Zatoichi
Movie
7.7
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
2009 Tenchijin
Japanese Drama, 2009, 47 eps
Hyogo Kariyasu (Support Role)
47
Hyogo Kariyasu
Support Role
8.1
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2005 The Neighbor No. 13
Japanese Movie, 2005,
Kaneda (Support Role)
Kaneda
Support Role
6.5
2003 Last Life in the Universe
Thai Movie, 2003,
Yakuza (Support Role)
Yakuza
Support Role
7.1
2002 Graveyard of Honor
Japanese Movie, 2002,
Restaurant gunman (Support Role)
Restaurant gunman
Support Role
6.9
2001 Agitator
Japanese Movie, 2001,
Shinozaki (Support Role)
Shinozaki
Support Role
8.3
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