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Watch: Trailer For Takashi Miike's Upcoming Cop Thriller 'Wara No Tate/Straw Shield'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 19, 2013 10:42 AM
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The filmography of Takashi Miike is so massive it can make your head spin. The Japanese filmmaker’s most notable recent works include “13 Assassins” and “Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai,” the latter premiering in Cannes just two years ago. He’s already made four feature films since then and has yet another one, “Wara no Tate,” coming out this year. A Japanese trailer for “Wara no Tate” -- aka "Straw Shield" in English -- has now landed online (sorry, no subtitles), and it looks like we could be in for yet another thrill ride from the prolific director.

Rome Review: Overlong & Incoherent, Takashi Miike's 'Lesson Of The Evil' Is Sadly More Bore Than Gore

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • November 9, 2012 11:58 AM
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The slasher picture, which is what we suppose this film eventually morphs into, relies on a certain novelty in how our successive victims are offed for us to retain interest -- there should be jumps, scares, the unexpected, the gruesome. But for all its (literal) buckets of blood and fetishistic slo-mo messy deaths ‘Lesson,’ enjoying its World Premiere at the Rome Film Festival, spends its entire last third in an orgy of murder that feels, of all things, rote.

Roman Coppola's 'Charles Swan III' Leads Rome Film Festival Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2012 8:06 AM
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So....that's it? With early rumors pointing to Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," Johnnie To's "Drug War," Gabriele Muccino's Gerard Butler-starring comedy "Playing For Keeps," Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land," and Tom Hooper's "Les Misérables," former Venice Film Festival head Marco Mueller has unveiled this year's slate for his inaugural Rome Film Festival, and those expecting big stars and big-name movies will be disappointed.

Takashi Miike Film Lines Up Graphic-Novel Adaptation 'Lesson Of The Evil,' Wants To Have It Ready For Venice

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 7, 2012 2:46 PM
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Curiously missing from many top ten lists of last year was Takashi Miike's “13 Assassins,” his sweeping ode to the samurai epic with enough stunning imagery and action to match its thematically rich story. The prolific director is occasionally known for tossing off films with a whiff of exercise and effort (read: “Ninja Kids!!!”), but that film displayed such mastery behind the camera, including a final 45-minute battle of incredible geography and flow, that one couldn't help but be blown away. Now, Punch Drunk Critics has dug up news of his latest project, an adaptation of the best-selling graphic novel “Aku No Kyoten” ("Lesson of the Evil"), and those who are new to Miike's wonderfully diverse filmography are sure to be surprised while his other fans crack a giant grin.

Rotterdam Review: Takashi Miike's 'Ace Attorney' A Stylish, Bizarre Video Game Adaptation & Legal Satire

  • By Brandon Harris
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  • February 3, 2012 12:03 PM
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Takashi Miike made his first big international splash in Rotterdam, with "Audition" in 2000, and then began a run of productivity that few filmmakers, even famously prolific ones, can match. This is the man who made "Visitor Q," "Ichi the Killer" and "The Happiness of the Katakuris" in the same year. Even crazier, that was less than half of his output in 2001, a year in which he made seven feature films. He made fifteen movies in all between 2001 and 2003, including "Gozu," which savvy critics rightly acknowledge is his best film. Perhaps Miike has mellowed in recent years. He’s only been making two or three films anually for the past half decade.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For Takashi Miike's 3D Cannes Entry 'Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2011 4:24 AM
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With Takashi Miike's latest effort, "13 Assassins," hitting theaters this weekend -- and according to our review, it's one of his most entertaining films yet -- fans of the Japanese auteur won't have to wait long for his next effort.

First Official Look At Ryan Gosling In Nicolas Winding Refn's Cannes Bound 'Drive'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2011 7:00 AM
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First Look At Takashi Miike's 'Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai'Cannes is basically Comic-Con for movie nerds, and so in the coming weeks, we'll be treating each image or morsel of info of the films playing there with the same weight as new toys for "Transformers" or covers for limited edition runs of Captain America that more genre-oriented sites might do.

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