Takashi Miike  

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Takashi Miike (born August 24, 1960) is a highly prolific and Japanese filmmaker. He has directed over sixty theatrical, video, and television productions since his debut in 1991. In the years 2001 and 2002 alone, Miike is credited with directing no fewer than fourteen productions.

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Themes of his work

Miike has garnered international notoriety for depicting shocking scenes of extreme violence and bizarre sexual perversions. Many of his films contain graphic and lurid bloodshed, often portrayed in an over-the-top, cartoonish manner. Much of his work depicts the activities of criminals (especially yakuza) or concern themselves with non-Japanese living in Japan. He is known for his black sense of humor and for pushing the boundaries of censorship as far as they will go.

It should be noted that, despite his somewhat notorious reputation, Miike has also proven himself to be capable of directing lighthearted children's films and subdued touching period pieces. His dabbling in every sort of genre and emotional range is a testament to his versatility as a director, though a lot of his output is genre-defying.

Critics have sometimes noted the puzzling discrepancy of Miike's artistic development noting that he appears to be simultaneously becoming more radical and more mainstream a director. His most commercial works are thus contrasted to those less accessible which target arthouse audiences and fans of extreme cinema. American academics have recognized Miike as an auteur, noting much depth as well as stylistic and thematic consistency in his body of work. Most of his films are highly philosophical beneath their violent, taboo-laden exterior. This mingled with his imaginative and often idiosyncratic cinematography makes his work instantly recognizable regardless of the genre he works in.

Filmography

Director

Year English title Japanese Romanization Type
1991 (Shissō Feraari 250 GTO / Rasuto ran: Ai to uragiri no hyaku-oku en) 疾走フェラーリ250GTO/ラスト・ラン~愛と裏切りの百億円 Shissō Feraari 250 GTO / Rasuto ran: Ai to uragiri no hyaku-oku en
Shissō Feraari 250 GTO / Rasuto ran: Ai to uragiri no ¥10 000 000 000
TV
(Toppū! Minipato tai - Aikyacchi Jankushon) 突風! ミニパト隊 アイキャッチ・ジャンクション Toppū! Minipato tai - Aikyatchi Jankushon Video
(Redi hantā: Koroshi no pureryuudo) レディハンター 殺しのプレュード Redi hantā: Koroshi no pureryūdo Video
1992 A Human Murder Weapon 人間兇器 愛と怒りのリング Ningen kyōki: Ai to ikari no ringu Video
1993 Bodyguard Kiba ボディガード牙 Bodigādo Kiba Video
(Oretachi wa tenshi ja nai) 俺達は天使じゃない Oretachi wa tenshi ja nai Video
(Oretachi wa tenshi ja nai 2) 俺達は天使じゃない2 Oretachi wa tenshi ja nai 2 Video
1994 Shinjuku Outlaw 新宿アウトロー Shinjuku autorou Video
(Shura no mokushiroku: Bodigādo Kiba) 修羅の黙示録 ボディーガード牙 Shura no mokushiroku: Bodigādo Kiba Video
1995 (Daisan no gokudō) 第三の極道 Daisan no gokudō Film
(Shura no mokushiroku 2: Bodigādo Kiba) 修羅の黙示録2 ボディーガード牙 Shura no mokushiroku 2: Bodigādo Kiba Video
Osaka Tough Guys なにわ遊侠伝 Naniwa yūkyōden Video
Shinjuku Triad Society 新宿黒社会 チャイナ マフィア戦争 Shinjuku kuroshakai: Chaina mafia sensō Film
1996 (Shin daisan no gokudō: boppatsu Kansai gokudō sensō) 新・第三の極道 勃発 関西極道ウォーズ!! Shin daisan no gokudō: boppatsu Kansai gokudō sensō Video
(Shin daisan no gokudō II) 新・第三の極道II Shin daisan no gokudō II Video
(Jingi naki yabō) 仁義なき野望 Jingi naki yabō Video
(Piinattsu: Rakkasei) ピイナッツ 落華星 Piinattsu: Rakkasei Video
The Way To Fight 喧嘩の花道 大阪最強伝説 Kenka no hanamichi: Ōsaka saikyō densetsu Video
Fudoh: The New Generation 極道戦国志 不動 Gokudō sengokushi: Fudō Film
1997 (Jingi naki yabō 2) 仁義なき野望2 Jingi naki yabō 2 Video
Young Thugs: Innocent Blood 岸和田少年愚連隊 血煙り純情篇 Kishiwada shōnen gurentai: Chikemuri junjō-hen Film
Rainy Dog 極道黒社会 RAINY DOG Gokudō kuroshakai Film
Full Metal Yakuza FULL METAL 極道 Full Metal gokudō Video
1998 The Bird People in China 中国の鳥人 Chûgoku no chôjin Film
Andromedia アンドロメデイア andromedia Andoromedia Film
Blues Harp BLUES HARP n/a Film
Young Thugs: Nostalgia 岸和田少年愚連隊 望郷 Kishiwada shōnen gurentai: Bōkyō Film
1999 Audition オーディション Ōdishon Film
Man, A Natural Girl 天然少女萬 Tennen shōjo Man TV
Ley Lines 日本黒社会 Nihon kuroshakai Film
(Silver: shirubā) シルバー SILVER Silver: shirubā Video
Dead or Alive DEAD OR ALIVE 犯罪者 Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha Film
Salaryman Kintaro
White Collar Worker Kintaro
サラリーマン金太郎 Sarariiman Kintarō Film
Man, Next Natural Girl: 100 Nights In Yokohama
N-Girls Vs Vampire
天然少女萬NEXT 横浜百夜篇 Tennen shōjo Man next: Yokohama hyaku-ya hen TV
2000 The Making of 'Gemini' (unknown) Tsukamoto Shin'ya ga Ranpo suru TV documentary
MPD Psycho 多重人格探偵サイコ Tajū jinkaku tantei saiko: Amamiya Kazuhiko no kikan TV miniseries
The City of Lost Souls
The City of Strangers
The Hazard City
漂流街 THE HAZARD CITY Hyōryū-gai Film
The Guys from Paradise 天国から来た男たち Tengoku kara kita otoko-tachi Film
Dead or Alive 2: Birds
Dead or Alive 2: Runaway
DEAD OR ALIVE 2 逃亡者 Dead or Alive 2: Tōbōsha Film
2001 (Kikuchi-jō monogatari: sakimori-tachi no uta) 鞠智城物語 防人たちの唄 Kikuchi-jō monogatari: sakimori-tachi no uta Film
(Zuiketsu gensō: Tonkararin yume densetsu) 隧穴幻想 トンカラリン夢伝説 Zuiketsu gensō: Tonkararin yume densetsu Film
Family FAMILY n/a Film
Visitor Q ビジターQ Bijitā Q Film
Ichi the Killer 殺し屋1 Koroshiya 1 Film
Agitator 荒ぶる魂たち Araburu tamashii-tachi Film
The Happiness of the Katakuris カタクリ家の幸福 Katakuri-ke no kōfuku Film
2002 Dead or Alive: Final DEAD OR ALIVE FINAL n/a Film
(Onna kunishū ikki) おんな 国衆一揆 Onna kunishū ikki (unknown)
Sabu SABU さぶ Sabu Film
Graveyard of Honor 新・仁義の墓場 Shin jingi no hakaba Film
Shangri-La 金融破滅ニッポン 桃源郷の人々 Kin'yū hametsu Nippon: Tōgenkyō no hito-bito Film
Pandōra (unknown) Pandōra Music video
Deadly Outlaw: Rekka
Violent Fire
実録・安藤昇侠道(アウトロー)伝 烈火 Jitsuroku Andō Noboru kyōdō-den: Rekka Film
Pāto-taimu tantei パートタイム探偵 Pāto-taimu tantei TV series
2003 The Man In White 許されざる者 Yurusarezaru mono Film
Gozu 極道恐怖大劇場 牛頭 GOZU Gokudō kyōfu dai-gekijō: Gozu Film
Yakuza Demon 鬼哭 kikoku Kikoku Video
Kōshōnin 交渉人 Kōshōnin TV
One Missed Call
You've Got a Call
着信アリ Chakushin Ari Film
2004 Zebraman ゼブラーマン Zeburāman Film
Pāto-taimu tantei 2 パートタイム探偵2 Pāto-taimu tantei 2 TV
Box segment in Three... Extremes 三更2 Saam gaang yi Segment in feature film
Izo IZO IZO Film
2005 Ultraman Max ウルトラマンマックス Urutoraman Makkusu Select episodes from TV tokusatsu series
The Great Yokai War 妖怪大戦争 Yokai Daisenso Film
2006 Big Bang Love, Juvenile A
4.6 Billion Years Of Love
46億年の恋 46-okunen no koi Film
Waru WARU Waru Film
Imprint episode from Masters of Horror インプリント ~ぼっけえ、きょうてえ~ Inpurinto ~bokke kyote~ TV episode
Waru: kanketsu-hen Waru: kanketsu-hen Film
Sun Scarred 太陽の傷 Taiyo no kizu Film
2007 Sukiyaki Western: Django スキヤキ・ウエスタン ジャンゴ Sukiyaki wesutān jango Film
Crows Zero クローズZERO Kurōzu Zero Film
Like a Dragon 龍が如く 劇場版 Ryu ga Gotoku Gekijōban Film
Zatoichi 座頭市 Zatōichi Stageplay
God's Puzzle 神様のパズル Kamisama no pazuru Film
Detective Story 捕物帳 Tantei monogatari Film
2008 Daimajin (tentative title) 大魔神 Daimajin Film
K-tai Investigator 7 ケータイ捜査官7 Keitai Sōsakan 7 TV
2009 Yatterman ヤッターマン Yattaaman Film
Crows Zero 2 クローズZERO 2 Kurōzu Zero 2 Film
2010 Thirteen Assassins Jûsan-nin no shikaku Film
Zebraman 2

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