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Takashi Miike is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Executive producer, Assistant Director and Cinematography Japonais born on 24 august 1960 at Yao (Japon)

Takashi Miike

Takashi Miike
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Nationality Japon
Birth 24 august 1960 (63 years) at Yao (Japon)

Takashi Miike (三池 崇史, Miike Takashi, born August 24, 1960) 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.


Early life
Miike was born in Yao, Osaka, Japan, an area inhabited by the working class and immigrants. His family was originally from Kumamoto Prefecture. During World War II, his grandfather was stationed in China and Korea, and his father was born in Seoul. 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 Gakkō) under the guidance of renowned filmmaker Shohei Imamura, the founder and Dean of that institution.

Miike's first films were television productions, but he also began directing several direct-to-video V-Cinema releases. Miike still directs V-Cinema productions intermittently due to the creative freedom afforded by the less stringent censorship of the medium and the riskier content that the producers will allow.

Miike's theatrical debut was the film The Third Gangster (Daisan no gokudō). However it was Shinjuku Triad Society (1995) that was the first of his theatrical releases to gain public attention. The film showcased his extreme style and his recurring themes, and its success gave him the freedom to work on higher-budgeted pictures. Shinjuku Triad Society is also the first film in what is labeled his "Black Society Trilogy", which also includes Rainy Dog (1997) and Ley Lines (1999). He gained international fame in 2000 when his romantic horror film Audition (1999), his violent yakuza epic Dead or Alive (1999), and his controversial adaptation of the manga Ichi the Killer played at international film festivals. He has since gained a strong cult following in the West that is growing with the increase in DVD releases of his works. His film Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai premiered In Competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. His 2013 film Straw Shield was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Themes of his work
Miike has garnered international notoriety for depicting shocking scenes of extreme violence and 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 dark sense of humor and for pushing the boundaries of censorship as far as they will go.

Despite his notorious reputation, Miike has also directed movies in a range of genres. He has created lighthearted children's films (Zebraman and The Great Yokai War), period pieces (Sabu), subdued pictures such as the road movie The Bird People in China, a teen drama (Andoromedeia), a farcical musical-comedy-horror in The Happiness of the Katakuris, and even a video game adaptation in Ace Attorney. Other less controversial works include Ley Lines and Agitator, which are character-driven crime dramas.

While Miike often creates films that are less accessible and target arthouse audiences and fans of extreme cinema, such as Izo and the "Box" segment in Three... Extremes, he has created several mainstream and commercial titles such as the horror film One Missed Call and the fantasy drama The Great Yokai War.

Miike claims that Starship Troopers is his favorite movie. He admires film directors Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Gosha, David Lynch, David Cronenberg, and Paul Verhoeven.

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".

While Imprint has yet to air in the United States, it has aired on Bravo in the UK, on FX in Mexico, South and Central America, the Dominican Republic, France, Israel, Turkey, on Nelonen in Finland and on Rai Tre in Italy. Anchor Bay Entertainment, which has handled the DVD releases for the Masters of Horror series in the US, released Imprint on R1 DVD on September 26, 2006.

Best films

Hostel (2006)

Usually with

Renji Ishibashi
Renji Ishibashi
(21 films)
Kenichi Endō
Kenichi Endō
(21 films)
Shō Aikawa
Shō Aikawa
(13 films)
Ren Osugi
Ren Osugi
(11 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Takashi Miike (82 films)

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Ace Attorney, 2h15
Directed by Takashi Miike
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Crime
Themes Films about computing, Jeu, Films about video games, Political films, Dystopian films, Films based on video games
Actors Hiroki Narimiya, Takumi Saito, Mirei Kiritani, Rei Dan, Ryo Ishibashi, Shunsuke Daitō
Roles Member of courtroom gallery
Rating64% 3.2441053.2441053.2441053.2441053.244105
The court system, burdened by the massive amount of crimes being committed, introduces a new trial system: The Bench Trial System. Both prosecution and defense face each other in open court, and have three days to make their case before the judge renders a verdict.
Hostel (2006)
, 1h33
Directed by Eli Roth
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Medical-themed films, Psychologie, Films about sexuality, Snuff films in fiction, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Films about psychiatry, Erotic thriller films
Actors Jay Hernández, Derek Richardson, Eyþór Guðjónsson, Barbara Nedeljáková, Takashi Miike, Rick Hoffman
Roles Miike Takashi
Rating59% 2.9504952.9504952.9504952.9504952.950495
College students Paxton (Jay Hernandez) and Josh (Derek Richardson) are traveling across Europe with their Icelandic friend Óli (Eyþór Guðjónsson). In Amsterdam, the three meet a man named Alexei (Lubomir Bukovy), who convinces them to visit a hostel in Slovakia filled with beautiful women. The three board a train to Slovakia, where they encounter a strange Dutch businessman (Jan Vlasák). When they arrive at the hostel, they are greeted by Natalya (Barbara Nedeljáková) and Svetlana (Jana Kaderabkova), who invite them to the spa, and later to the disco. That night, Paxton and Josh sleep with Natalya and Svetlana, while Óli sleeps with the desk girl, Vala (Jana Havlickova). The next morning, they are surprised to see that Óli hasn't returned, and they are unable to contact him. They are later approached by a Japanese girl named Kana (Jennifer Lim), who shows them a photo of Óli and her friend Yuki (Keiko Seiko), who has strangely disappeared as well.
Animal Crossing: The Movie, 1h24
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about computing, Jeu, Films about video games, Films based on video games
Actors Yui Horie, Misato Fukuen, Fumiko Orikasa, Yū Kobayashi, Naoki Tatsuta, Kenichi Ogata
Roles Rakosuke (voice)
Rating65% 3.2977453.2977453.2977453.2977453.297745
The film opens with Ai, a young girl, moving into the Animal Village during the summer. After being put to work by Tom Nook to deliver goods, Ai befriends four of the village's residents, Bouquet (Rosie), Sally, Alfonso, and Yū, participating in several activities. Ai begins to find a series of anonymous messages in bottles that state that a miracle will occur during the upcoming Winter Festival if pine trees are planted in specific points of the village. Ai complies with the messages and begins planting the trees, half-believing that the messages may have been placed by aliens.
Neighbour No. 13, 1h55
Origin Japon
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes L'adolescence, Films about education, Films about children, L'enfance marginalisée, Films about school violence
Actors Nakamura Shidō II, Shun Oguri, Yumi Yoshimura, Takashi Miike, Mitsu Murata (村田 充)
Roles Kaneda
Rating62% 3.143333.143333.143333.143333.14333
Juzo Murasaki (Oguri Shun) arrives at a work construction area for his new job as a construction worker. To his quiet dismay, his supervising boss is Toru Akai (Hirofumi Arai) who, along with his gang, had made Juzo's life a living hell during their middle school years. Akai however doesn't recognise Juzo.
Yakuza Demon, 1h40
Directed by Takashi Miike
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Mafia films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Yakuza films, Gangster films
Actors Mickey Curtis, Riki Takeuchi, Kenichi Endō, Renji Ishibashi, Kōichi Iwaki, Hiroshi Katsuno
Roles Informant in stairwell
Rating68% 3.436233.436233.436233.436233.43623
Seiji (played by Takeuchi) grew up as an orphan who was raised by Boss Muto. The Muto family is composed only of Boss Muto, Seiji and Yoshi. However they are part of the Date syndicate. A rival syndicate, the Tendo, attack the Date family, which leads to a meeting in which Boss Muto was required to pay money to help finance the impending war. However Muto does not have enough so offers an assassination instead. To stop his boss from serving a sentence for murder, Seiji informs the police where Muto hides his gun. Boss Muto gets arrested and sentenced to serve 2 years in prison.
Last Life in the Universe, 1h52
Directed by Pen-ek Ratanaruang
Origin Thailande
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy-drama, Action, Romance
Actors Tadanobu Asano, Laila Boonyasak, Yutaka Matsushige, Takashi Miike, Riki Takeuchi, Yōji Tanaka
Roles Yakuza
Rating74% 3.7467053.7467053.7467053.7467053.746705
Kenji is a lonely librarian in the Japan Foundation in Bangkok. Living in an apartment full of precise stacks of books, his half-hearted attempts to kill himself are continually interrupted by the people around him. Kenji's most notable obstacle is his self-absorbed brother, Yukio, a yakuza, or Japanese gangster. Yukio fled from Japan to escape the wrath of his employer, with whose daughter he had had sex. Yukio's friend Takashi suggests that if it were his daughter, he would have the despoiler killed, but Kenji's brother laughs this warning off. Yukio frequents a club where he can enjoy the attention of a bunny-eared hostess, a local girl named Nid. Nid's sister, Noi, is furious at her sibling for having slept with her boyfriend, Jon.
Graveyard of Honor, 2h11
Directed by Takashi Miike
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Yakuza films, Gangster films
Actors Takashi Miike, Harumi Inoue, Renji Ishibashi, Narimi Arimori, Shigeo Kobayashi, Shun Sugata
Roles Restaurant Gunman
Rating68% 3.4407453.4407453.4407453.4407453.440745
A barkeeper saves a yakuza boss' life and thus makes his way up in the organization. However, his fear of nothing soon causes problems.
Agitator (2001)
, 2h30
Directed by Takashi Miike
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Action, Crime
Actors Mickey Curtis, Naoto Takenaka, Takashi Miike, Kenichi Endō, Hakuryu, Masatō Ibu
Roles Shinozaki
Rating66% 3.3414953.3414953.3414953.3414953.341495
L'histoire est celle, assez classique d'une guerre des clans ourdie par le plus puissant d'entre eux pour les contrôler tous, Mais une petit groupe d'irréductible se dégage et décide de se battre jusqu'au bout. Ce groupe c'est celui d'Higuchi et de Kunihiko, deux dur de dur qui n'acceptent pas de se faire gober sur tapis vert par leurs anciens rivaux et vont donc entrainer avec eux quelques yakuzas décidés pour défendre leur clan.
Dora-heita (2000)
, 1h51
Directed by Kon Ichikawa
Genres Comedy
Actors Kōji Yakusho, Bunta Sugawara, Tsurutaro Kataoka, Takashi Miike, Renji Ishibashi, Tsuyoshi Ujiki
Rating66% 3.3360253.3360253.3360253.3360253.336025
A new magistrate (played by Koji Yakusho) in the town of Horisoto—widely reputed to be the most lawless township in Japan, uses guile and his opponents' own misperceptions and prejudices to defeat his enemies and uproot corruption.
Young Thugs: Innocent Blood, 1h48
Directed by Takashi Miike
Genres Drama, Action, Crime
Actors Takashi Miike, Noriko Eguchi, Kazuki Kitamura, Sarina Suzuki
Roles Man in red trousers getting beaten up by Riichi
Rating64% 3.245133.245133.245133.245133.24513
The Way to Fight, 1h54
Directed by Takashi Miike
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action
Actors Takashi Miike, Kazuki Kitamura
Roles Stabbing victim
Rating69% 3.46743.46743.46743.46743.4674
In Osaka in the 1970s, a teenage street-fighter named Kazuyoshi Tamai builds a reputation as the toughest guy in town. His troubles start when he discovers that he and his best friend Toshio are in love with the same girl, Ritsuko. Then he crosses paths with Takeshi, a student at a rival high school and an excellent fighter in his own right, who is the leader of the gang of assaulters. Kazuyoshi is determined to challenge Takeshi one on one, but because of a series of unforeseen circumstances, his ambition for a final battle is constantly and comically thwarted. Years later they have each achieved a certain level of success - Tamai as a boxer champion and Takeshi as a popular professional wrestler. The two finally get around to settling their old dispute in the Tokyo Dome.
Another Lonely Hitman, 1h45
Directed by Rokurō Mochizuki
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Yakuza films, Gangster films
Actors Ryo Ishibashi, Tatsuo Yamada, Takashi Miike
Roles Drug Dealer
Rating67% 3.366713.366713.366713.366713.36671
After 10 years in prison, yakuza hitman Takashi Tachibana is returning to a new mob scene where his code of honor is outdated. The old violent gangs have now turned to drug dealing as their main business. His old mob presents him with a bundle of cash and Yuki, a call girl who is addicted to drugs as he once was. Tachibana falls for the girl and tries to rehabilitate her which eventually causes trouble with his own gang and rivals as well.
Black Rain
Black Rain (1989)
, 2h3
Directed by Shōhei Imamura
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Aviation films, Political films, Arme nucléaire
Actors Yoshiko Tanaka, Etsuko Ichihara, Keisuke Ishida, Taiji Tonoyama, Akiji Kobayashi, Kenjirō Ishimaru
Roles Factory Worker
Rating77% 3.8918453.8918453.8918453.8918453.891845
The film moves between Shizuma Shigematsu's journal entries about Hiroshima in 1945, following the dropping of the atomic bomb, and the present, 1950, when Shigematsu and his wife Shigeko are the guardians for their niece Yasuko and charged with finding her a husband (she has been declined three times due to concerns over her having been in the "black rain" fallout). As the story progresses, Shigematsu sees more and more fellow hibakusha, his friends and family, succumbing to radiation sickness and Yasuko's prospects for marriage become more and more unlikely, as she forms a bond with a poor man named Yuichi, who carves jizo and suffers a form of post-traumatic stress disorder where he attacks passing motor vehicles as "tanks."


Laplace's Witch, 1h56
Directed by Takashi Miike
Origin Japon
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Crime
Actors Sho Sakurai, Suzu Hirose, Sōta Fukushi, Tao Okamoto, Mirai Shida, Hiroshi Tamaki
Rating52% 2.6199152.6199152.6199152.6199152.619915
Deux personnes sont retrouvées empoisonnées au sulfure d'hydrogène dans des sources chaudes situées dans deux régions différentes. La police sollicite l'aide du professeur Shusuke Aoe (Shō Sakurai), un géochimiste, pour déterminer si les décès ne sont que des accidents étranges ou des meurtres. En enquêtant sur l'affaire, Shusuke Aoe rencontre Madoka Uhara (Suzu Hirose) qui devine avec justesse qu'un phénomène naturel a lieu. La police commence à la soupçonner d'être liée aux décès lorsqu'un troisième cas a lieu.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable – Chapter 1, 1h59
Directed by Takashi Miike
Origin Japon
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Actors Ryūnosuke Kamiki, Yūsuke Iseya, Nana Komatsu, Jun Kunimura, Takayuki Yamada, Nana Komatsu
Rating58% 2.918132.918132.918132.918132.91813
La lignée des Joestar traverse les âges et les univers parallèles. Grâce à leurs stands, des pouvoirs psychiques utilisés pour se battre, les membres de cette famille issue de l’Angleterre victorienne parviennent à repousser les entités surnaturelles qui menacent la Terre. Ici, Josuke devra faire preuve d’exploits pour sauver sa ville, en proie à d’étranges événements.